Chuck Underwood Trio brings their dynamic music to downtown Annapolis, celebrating their latest record release “Pools”.
August 22, 2023: Red Door Records is proud to announce the release of Pools by the Chuck Underwood Trio. This dynamic ensemble is composed of Chuck Underwood (guitar), Mark Lysher (acoustic bass) and Byron McWilliams (drums). Underwood has been a staple of the D.C. music scene for many years, has been a featured soloist with the National Symphony, and worked with a wide range of artists from Lester Bowie to Patti Labelle. He and McWilliams have been playing together in various ensembles over the years, including Monkey Paw and The Dixie Power Trio. The addition of Lysher on bass has taken the group’s exciting and interactive approach to improvisation to a whole new level. The album was recorded live in the studio with no fixes or edits. Underwood deftly combines rock-influenced tones and phrasing with world class jazz improvisation skills, and Lysher and McWilliams are with him every step of the way. Highlights include Underwood’s “Southside” and “Voodoo,” “Abacus” by Paul Motion, and a gorgeous solo acoustic guitar version of Monk’s “Ask Me Now.” The album closes with “Perfect Square” a free-form group improvisation featuring Underwood’s “prepared” guitar making other worldly sounds with Lysher and McWilliams telepathically following his every move.