We Three, recorded in a single session on November 14, 1958, was the first American studio date as a bandleader for the diminutive and legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes, although with pianist Phineas Newborn on board (along with bassist Paul Chambers), it really is a set dominated by Newborn, whose busy, two-handed technique here works in tandem balance with Haynes' cool refinement. Newborn was all about amazing and dazzling piano runs that on some dates created simply too much flash and clutter to allow pieces to flow and breathe properly, but Haynes has always been about grace and flow throughout his career (if a drummer's style can said to be elegant, Haynes fits the bill), and here he rubs off on Newborn, who exercises just enough restraint to keep him in the proper orbit, resulting in a fine album. Highlights include the easy, pure swing of the opener, a version of Ray Bryant's "Reflection," a wonderful and bluesy rendition of Avery Parrish's "After Hours" (which finds Newborn in perfect balance between explosive ornamentation and smooth functionality), and a jaunty, fun spin through Newborn's own "Sugar Ray," a tribute to boxer Sugar Ray Robinson. This trio had a brief recording career together, but as this solid set shows, they made the best of it.
Performance CreditsRoy Haynes Primary Artist,Drums,Track Performer
Paul Chambers Bass,Bass Guitar,Track Performer
Phineas Newborn Piano,Track Performer
Technical CreditsRay Bryant Composer
Tadd Dameron Composer
Esmond Edwards Cover Design,Cover Art
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer,Liner Notes,Author
Ira Gitler Liner Notes
Phineas Newborn Composer
Nick Phillips Reissue Producer
Bob Porter Reissue Producer
Stuart Kremsky Reissue Producer,Reissue Production Assistance
Chris Clough Reissue Producer,Reissue Production Assistance
Carl Nutter Composer
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We Three [RVG Remaster] based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
The list of great jazz drummers is pretty long and illustrious. Players like Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Art Blakey contributed so very much to the genre, but were not alone in doing so. I believe that Roy Haynes belongs in that pantheon of players as well and 'We Three' is all the proof you will ever need to believe it. The songs, while not accepted standards, are some of the most interesting from the period (check out the track 'Sugar Ray') . Phineas Newborn and Paul Chambers complete what might be one of the best jazz trios of all time. The solos are technical, but tasteful (including the drum solos, an instrument much derided for its lack of musicality). While not considered a seminal jazz recording by critics, 'We Three' should be a part of any serious jazz aficionado's collection and should be carefully listened to and studied by students of jazz drumming.
I've listened to jazz my entire life and I stumbled onto this recording or rather 1 selection on this recording on Pandora.com. I loved the piece that I heard and made the decision to purchase this CD. The best decision I've made in a long time with regard to buying an album before hearing the entire recording. This recording is absolutely magnificent! I can't say it enough! If you love jazz or even if you're introducing yourself to jazz and are just beginning to discover it's recorded treasures, make no mistake about it-this album has to be a part of your collection! Wow! It'll knock you off of your feet!