Brian Cruse & the J.Smith Trio - con legno
New album of original compositions
After performing for over 5 years together, Brian Cruse – double bass, Justin Smith – guitar, & CJ Wolfe – drum set & mbira, have grown into a tight knit jazz trio that explores a wide variety of sounds and textures. Coming from a variety of backgrounds and performing in a wide array of genres, the members of the J.Smith trio blended these influences to create a unique sound for con legno, their first full-length album. Consisting entirely of original compositions, the album features everything from more traditional bop & ballad influences to various blends of odd time signatures & instrument combinations.
All three band members perform in a number of RVA & DC based bands including The Larri Branch Agenda, Luray, Narod, Fado Nosso, quux, Brunswick, Sueños Gitanos, Marionette & The Bob Blagg Trio.