Joshua Trinidad Trio at The Modbo show preview 

click to enlarge Joshua Trinidad Trio, Sunday, April 15, 5 p.m., themodbo.com
  • Joshua Trinidad Trio, Sunday, April 15, 5 p.m., themodbo.com
If springtime in the Springs begins to feel especially mellow in the days ahead, it may just be those tranquil vibes emanating from Earl Klugh’s annual Weekend of Jazz at The Broadmoor. For those who don’t respond well to the palliative side effects of the smooth-jazz genre, the Joshua Trinidad Trio’s gallery-space performance on Sunday will likely be more engaging. A UC-Denver professor, composer and trumpeter who has sat in with artists ranging from The Mars Volta to The Bad Plus, Trinidad will be joined here by Norwegian guitarist Jacob Young and drummer Stale Liavik Solberg, who are both flying in from Scandinavia for a series of dates in celebration of their newly released In November debut on RareNoise Records. While the London-based label’s name may sound a bit off-putting, rest assured that the trio’s sound is more ambient than extreme, a mixture of European jazz and Mexican musical influences that would not feel out of place among the more muted offerings of Nils Petter Molvaer, Eberhard Weber, and other artists on ECM (an imprint for which Young happens to record). Listen to the elegiac instrumental version of James Blake’s “Retrograde” that Trinidad released last year — or Solberg’s droney, effects-laden accompaniment on trio tracks like “Feathers” — and you’ll understand why, for some, this will be a considerably more must-see show than the soiree at The Broadmoor.


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