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Apropos of Nothing (CD, DHP Productions)
Thoth Speaks (CD, OMP Music)



Thoth Trio is:
Ben Opie: saxophones, clarinets
Paul Thompson: bass
David Throckmorton: drums

All three musicians are highly active in western PA's creative music scene. Paul and David were the one time rhythm section for Maynard Ferguson Be Bop Nouveau Band; Paul left that gig to join the final Stanley Turrentine Quartet. Ben Opie has been the leader of groups like Water Shed 5tet (electric avant fusion), OPEK (Sun Ra-inspired big band), and Flexure (1970s Miles Davis-inspired electric sextet). David led the quintet BEAM (all improvised band and bass/rap). Ben and David co-run the Space Exchange, a free weekly concert series of creative music. Paul is faculty at the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA); Ben is former CAPA faculty and currently is on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University.

Thoth Trio is a highly dynamic group, that plays with intensity even at its quietest moments. Thoth brings the finesse of traditional jazz small groups, the drive of rock music, the dynamic range of a classical ensemble, and the sometime unpredictability of free jazz. Enthusiastic fans have asked, "What do you call this music?" Intense acoustic jazz.