To play music in any kind of ensemble is an endeavor of family. Whatever flaws there are within the nuclear group will surely, and soon, reveal themselves and manifest aurally in a distinctly unpleasant manner. Conversely, harmony and pleasure will thrive in an atmosphere of support and respect, a notion to which any member of a minimally dysfunctional family can attest. And as simple as that sounds, it is, easily, that difficult to pull off.
To play without anger or artifice, without jealousy or judgment is an act of such magnitude that very few performers can pass that simple test, but when they do, it is truly magnificent. Or, at the very least warm and welcoming. Ellis (Woodward), (Joe) Doyle, & (Gene) Jones are that kind of warm and welcoming entity. With backgrounds reaching deeply and wide through the vast ranges of popular music, these three talented men have found a way together to an elusive but indisputable center that is bound by a love of performance and of each other. The joy of that discovery is evident in their music and their obvious, infectious affection for one another and the performance task at hand.
It is uplifting to be regaled well. It is reassuring to be joyfully unburdened. It is amazing to be both. Come be both, and welcome to our family.