Dennis González Ataraxia Trio+2 - Nights Enter

Steve Smith, For the Record


A texas trumpeter, bandleader, and composer whose globe-spanning interests mark him as an heir to Don Cherry (and an artist whose influence on his own life's path has been incalculable), Dennis González expands the splendid trio he introduced in 2017 on Ts'libil Cháaltun with two key additions: Derek Rogers on electronics and Jess Garland on harp. With the agile bass of Drew Phelps and the simmering tabla and djembe of Jagath Lakpriya, what results shares atmosphere with electric-era Miles and Jon Hassell's Fourth World navigations, while mapping its own terrain; as ever, González makes every burnished note count.