One of the most respected small groups on the Melbourne jazz scene, this trio combines three outstanding musicians in pianist Jex Saarelaht, bassist Philip Rex and drummer Niko Schäuble. For several years through the 1990s, they enjoyed a weekly residency at Bennett's Lane (as documented on their excellent 2-CD set, 'Fridays, Late', and including performances with visiting US artists Eddie Henderson and Steve Lacy), which undoubtedly helped them develop their music to such a high level.
The Trio's repertoire includes original compositions, and pieces by Jex's favourite jazz composers, including Herbie Nichols, Geri Allen, Thelonious Monk, and Andrew Hill. Perhaps it is significant that most of these artists are, like Jex, undemonstrative types who believe that music can speak for itself. - Adrian Jackson
'...like three five-year-olds who just happen to have mastered instruments having fun...'- Sydney Morning Herald, 19-9-06, review, Jex Saarelaht Trio