Thom Keith was born in Rochester, New Hampshire during the first Nixon administration. He grew up in a home filled with the sounds of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Coltrane, Walt Dickerson, Air, and David Murray courtesy of a very musical family. At the age of 11, he took up the alto saxophone, later switching to tenor, and still later, bari.
Much schooling and a varied education from the school of life lead him into the field of secondary education. Other factors reinvigorated his musical pursuits in recent years and his chief hobby has turned into a second career � that of the weekend warrior Jazz musician.
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TRIO ENCOMPAS... occupies a middle ground between ensembles like the DKV Trio and Mark Helias'
Open Loose. LIVE ON THE VAUGHAN MALL (Avant Coast 4) is a vigorous performance of tunes... that—
as noted below—seem to be the trio's staples. The group plays expansively, creatively, and with good
humor as well. Keith sounds especially lusty on his baritone on the opener. But they sound most at
home, and convincing, on slinky mid-tempo tenor numbers like Yrrehs Mas and the wonderfully
grooving Seafoam. At times the material is a bit too similar but this is an enjoyable release.
For their eponymous studio release (Avant Coast 3), Trio Encompas delivers a similar program [to Live
on the Vaughn Mall]