Drummer Jeff Sipe was a member of Colonel Bruce Hampton’s Aquarium Rescue Unit and has played with many other musicians. But probably his most visible association was the power trio with Jonas Hellborg and Shawn Lane, followed by a more recent trio with guitarist Alex Machacek. So he is clearly very comfortable in an improvising rock/jazz guitar trio. He says of the format: “The trio format is still exciting to me,” Sipe explains. “It’s very transparent. There is nobody there to lean on—you have to play. You’ve got to be supportive and expressive at the same time. It’s a challenge to play in a way that fills out the sound without grandstanding. It demands that melody, rhythm, and harmony all be active.” Guitarist Mike Seal and bassist Taylor Lee have big shoes to fill in this new trio, but they are completely up to the task.