PLS.trio - pianist Pier Luigi Salami, bassist Martin D Fowler, and drummer Shawn Crowder - lies somewhere in between Northern European jazz and American contemporary jazz, bringing forth a highly energetic and deeply melodious mixture of modern jazz and electronic elements.
Tapping musical sophistication and tech savvy to lead their artistic toolkit, the group's focus on melody carries the listener along on a journey drawn from experiences of blazing through city streets and car horns of the trio’s native New York, all the way to landscapes reminiscent of sunny, mid-western countryside fields.
The trio released their second album, Cosmonauts, in January 2021 on DotTime Records, after previously completing a world tour in support of their debut album “East River”, released in February 2015 and acclaimed by press and critics. The album has received a nomination for best Debut Album and best New Release in the 2015 NPR Jazz Critics Poll.
With influences spanning from minimal and ambient music to hard-pumping dance music and bombastic rock styles, PLS.trio creates a blend which, while defying easy categorization, is compelling, distinctive, and oddly familiar.
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Given the preponderance of piano trios, it is easier for the format to appear as a commodity than to articulate a point of
differentiation. The PLS. trio has not only distinguished themselves but they may be one of the best in this category in
many years. - K. Ackermann, All About Jazz
A crash course of brash envoy and brazen definitions, Cosmonauts is crisp, wild fun; something we all deserve in case
you haven't noticed or ventured far outside yourself these last five or six sad years - M. Jurkovic, All About Jazz
Cosmonauts finds PLS.trio looking outward and experimenting but not so much as to obscure their unique talent for
stunning spontaneity - K