The bass-less trio of Pericopes brings a 21st-century influence to their album These Human Beings. It’s modern jazz that’s heavy on intelligent melody and spirited improvisation. All the songs exhibit power and intention. Pericopes also demonstrates a mastery of dynamics, creating steady climaxes that climb logically forward. The trio is a combination of Italian and American jazz musicians pianist Alessandro Sgobbio and saxophonist Emiliano Vernizzi with American drummer Nick Wight.
The group’s most impressive feat is that its ambitions don’t get in the way of the music’s accessibility. They play with intelligence and heart throughout, yet for all the complexity, the group is capable of communicating emotional depth through relatively structures.