The Core Trio was part of the the avant garde quartet Rosta. After the break up of the that group, The Core Trio formed in 2004. With the line up of Seth Paynter-saxes, Richard Cholakian – drums and bassist/leader Thomas Helton, The Core Trio began to develop their unique style of compositional improv.
In 2013 TCT recorded their first album with New York pianist and long time friend, Robert Boston. Shortly after the release, drummer Richard Cholakian left the group. After much consideration the group moved on and hired Joe Hertenstein to replace him. With Hertenstein, the trio played a very successful series of shows in NY at Downtown Music Gallery, Freedys Backroom, Goodbye Blue Monday and Douglas Street Collective.
While in NY the trio recorded their new record with piano great Matthew Shipp to be released July 11.