Tri-P-Let is an album by American jazz saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc, which was recorded in 1996 and became the first release on the Eremite label. It was Moondoc's first recording since 1985. He leads a trio with two Boston based musicians: bassist John Voigt and drummer Laurence Cook.[1] "Triplet" is an extension of the album Judy's Bounce. "Another One the Hard Way" is dedicated to Ornette Coleman, while "Campbell’s Soup" is named after trumpeter Roy Campbell. "Ruby Riches" has the same scale as John Coltrane used in his song "Dear Lord".[2]

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Studio album by
RecordedJune 16, 1996
StudioPBS, Westwood, Massachusetts
ProducerMichael Ehlers
Jemeel Moondoc chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz    [4]

In his review for AllMusic, Thom Jurek notes that "Tri-P-Let is what listeners have come to expect from Moondoc: nothing less than his measure of delivering perfection as closely and with as much spirited swinging argument as possible."[3]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz says "Tri-P-Let pretty much carries on from work he was doing on Judy's Bounce and other early records. Inspired in almost equal measure by Ornette and Albert Ayler, it trades in fierce harmony runs, bursting rhythms, and intense, free form essays."[4]

The All About Jazz review by Derek Taylor states "From the opening title piece the three players drop into a commensurate, if somewhat diffuse groove. Moondoc moves out front early blowing clipped angular phrases and both Voigt and Cook possess a fluid touch that frees up the trio’s rhythmic center without sacrificing momentum."[5]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Jemeel Moondoc
  1. "Triplet" - 5:48
  2. "Another One the Hard Way" - 14:13
  3. "Improvisation #61696" - 11:34
  4. "Campbell's Soup" - 11:50
  5. "Ruby's Riches" - 11:08



  1. ^ Tri-P-Let at Eremite
  2. ^ Original Liner Notes by Jemeel Moondoc
  3. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. Jemeel Moondoc – Tri-P-Let: Review at AllMusic. Retrieved December 10, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2004). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (7th ed.). London: Penguin. pp. 1161. ISBN 0141014164.
  5. ^ Taylor, Derek. Tri-P-Let review at All About Jazz