There’s a new album on the way from Joe Policastro Trio, the outfit of Chicago based bassist Joe Policastro, also comprising Dave Miller on guitar and Mikel Avery on drums. Entitled Ceremony, the album will see the light of day on October 13th through JeruJazz Records. Described as “a formal act or series of acts prescribed by ritual, protocol, or convention”, Ceremony features original compositions as well as some surprising cover songs. “We make interesting choices in the music that we play, whether it’s the originals or adapting music way outside of jazz,” Policastro explained. “There’s a purity of expression that I think is unique to this group, this project. It’s so cool to hear things in a totally different way, to study them through new lenses.”
Recorded in triple-true stereo by sound engineer Ken Christensen, the album faithfully captures their live sound. “We have always been a live band”, Policastro added. “All of our albums have essentially been ‘live’ captures of the group, but Ceremony has added depth aurally and musically.”
Ahead of the album’s release, Joe Policastro Trio have shared its title track, which is a cover of the New Order song of the same name interpolated with Erik Satie’s ‘Gymnopédie’. The single is offered with a live video, filmed by Chris Strong and edited by David Sampson. Watch it below.