Portage, Michigan, USA

The jazz piano trio, TRI-FI, has released their third CD entitled "3". Since 2003, Matthew Fries, piano; Keith Hall, drums; and Phil Palombi, bass, have continued to develop an unmistakable trio sound that is contemporary, full of vibrant swing and deeply rooted in the tradition of the classic jazz piano trio.


TRI-FI is Matthew Fries (piano), Keith Hall (drums), and Phil Palombi (bass).

Tri-Fi were praised for "the perpetual forward thrust of the music... and their flawless intercommunication" by All About Jazz, and described as infusing "creative writing, fresh arranging and complimentary playing to offer us music that has to be reckoned with" by All Music Guide says, "Tri-Fi is well on their way to incorporating new style and strength to their already potent brand of piano trio music."

Pianist, Matthew Fries, was the winner of the Great American Piano Competition. Pianist and former Jazz Messenger, James Williams, called Fries “a bright young star in the galaxy of pianists who will lead us into the 21st century.” As a sideman, Matthew has been described as “the best jazz accompaniment I've seen in a cabaret in years” (The New York Times) and “a distinct asset” (Variety Magazine). He tours internationally with singer, Curtis Stigers, as a regular member of his band and performs with a diverse lineup of artists that has included Stacey Kent, DeeDee Bridgewater, Vincent Herring, Steve Wilson, Dave Samuels, Claudio Roditi, Terell Stafford, and many others.

Drummer, Keith Hall, has performed with Betty Carter, Sir Roland Hanna, Wynton Marsalis, Steve Wilson, Michael Philip Mossman, Joe Wilder, Claudio Roditi, Mark Turner and tours regularly with Curtis Stigers. Modern Drummer Magazine says “Hall has a nimble, grooving, 'melodic' touch, and knows how to tell a story.” Trumpeter and bandleader Michael Mossman calls Keith “a member of the new generation of hard swinging, versatile and musically aware musicians that will shape jazz for the next 20 - 30 years.” Hall is also the author of the drum instructional book Jazz Drums Now!

Grammy Award winning bassist, Phil Palombi, "is one of the most sought after young bass players in the New York City” according to Steely Dan tenor saxophonist Walt Weiskopf. Palombi is quickly moving through the ranks of the New York Jazz elite with a musical resume that includes performances with Michael Brecker, Billy Hart, Dave Liebman, Etta Jones, Chris Potter, Rich Perry, John Riley, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Lew Tabackin, Chucho Valdes, Mark Turner, Eliot Zigmund, The Village Vanguard Orchestra and a two-year stint with the Maynard Feruson Big Bop Nouveau band. Phil Palombi recently published his first book entitled Scott LaFaro –15 Solo Transcriptions; a book of all of Scott LaFaro's bass solos from the Bill Evans recordings Sunday at the Village Vanguard and Waltz for Debby.

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3 (2010)
Postcards (2007)
TRI-FI (2004)