Phillip Greenlief - tenor saxophone
Dan Seamans - bass
Tom Hassett - drums
The Lost Trio is now celebrating 25 years of exploring the boundaries of jazz while redefining the term jazz standard. They have presented live collaborations with some of the finest players on the West Coast: John Schott, Sasha Dobson, Adam Levy, Cory Wright, Darren Johnston, Scott Foster, Beth Schenck, Tim Perkis, Steve Adams, Kris Tiner, and more.
THE LOST TRIO
photo: myles boisen
THE LOST TRIO was formed in 1994 and stepped into existence with a steady gig on thursday nights at the rose pistola in san francisco's north beach district. this residency was followed by four year stint on sundays at cato's ale house in oakland. the trio has a history of touring that has focused on the west coast, where they have enjoyed festival dates, presenting workshops at colleges and universities, live radio broadcasts, and in-store performances. they have released six critically acclaimed CDs and are currently preparing to record a new album of original compositions.
the groups' repertoire began with a program of standards by thelonious monk, cole porter, duke ellington, charles mingus and others before veering into other sources. since then, the trio has fashioned a very unique collection of over 600 songs that range from composers as diverse as hank williams, nino rota, steve lacy, carla bley, billy stranhorn, mel tillis, the grateful dead, bjork, and pj harvey, in addition to an ever-growing roster of original compositions by greenlief and seamans.
the lost trio recorded its first cd, REMEMBRANCE OF SONGS PAST, in 1994 and the disc was released in 1995, earning a "pick of the month" (december 1995) in all about jazz magazine while also receiving glowing reviews from numerous other publications.
the lost trio's second recording is the two release set, LIVE AT AVALON & THE GRAVES, with guest guitarist adam levy (norah jones, tracy chapman). the album was listed #1 jazz recording of 2000 by the san jose mercury news, and was listed on Top 10 Recordings in the east bay express and the san francisco chronicle. disc 1 was recorded at the morris graves museum of art (friday night) and disc 2 was recorded at avalon in eureka, ca (saturday night).
the group's 3rd recording, BOXCAR SAMOVAR (2004) continued to feature the trio's nearly-surreal repertoire, careening recklessly from billy strayhorn and radiohead to the grateful dead, thelonious monk, and carla bley. the group's live set at that time included works by film composers nino rota, angelo badalamente and giovanni fusco.
bassist dan seamans was the driving force behind PLAYS THE SOLID GOLD HITS (2007), arranging many of the off the beaten track repertoire from popular composers. tunes by the beatles, bjork, beck, black sabbath, the band, and juana molina populate the microgrooves and offer imaginative recreations with the band's stripped down sound.
MYSTERIOUS TOBOGGAN (2011) returned with the brand of repertoire and "loose-limbed" feeling the band is known for, along with three new compositions by greenlief and seamans.
the lost trio celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2016 with the release of MONKWORK, which features a new approach to the presentation of compositions by thelonious monk. in addition to receiving numerous rave reviews, MONKWORK was listed on npr's top 10 jazz albums of 2014.