Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Label: Intakt Records – Intakt CD 107
Format: CD, Album; Country: Switzerland - Released: Feb 2006
Style: Free Improvisation
Recorded November 11, 2004 at Jazzclub Uster and Nov, 12, 2004 at Loft Cologne
Cover – Gerda Steiner, Jörg Lenzlinger
Design – Jonas Schoder
Liner Notes – Philipp Alan
Mastered By – Walti Schmid
Mixed By, Edited By – Willy Strehler
Photography By – Francesca Pfeffer
Recorded By – Stefan Deistler (tracks: 7), Willy Strehler (tracks: 1 to 6)

After five years of playing together, this fabulous trio has released its first album. Named after an installation by Swiss artists Gerda Steiner and Jörg Lenzlinger, it was recorded in November 2004 at Jazzclub Uster and Loft Cologne. All three musicians are Swiss-based, although Barry Guy, moves between Zurich and Ireland. They totally avoid any suggestion of a traditional jazz piano trio – partly, no doubt, because of their background in contemporary composition as well as free improvisation – and over seven immensely varied tracks show a passionate, egalitarian approach to trio improvisation. It's almost invidious to single out the role of the bass because the performances are so superbly integrated. We get an idea of what we're in for from the aural assault of Giardino calante, where Guy almost attacks the instrument. But the title track begins quietly in the depths, although with some higher register strummings from the bassist, and, as befits the title, builds almost imperceptibly into tangled thickets of intelligent improv. In the mournful La fuente de la jeventud, Guy's sonorous arco playing takes the lead. The quite brief, spiky Les envahisseurs is followed by Whalebalance, the longest track at 18 minutes, which begins with beautiful delicacy and restraint, with tiny tinkling sounds from piano and percussion, and Guy's bass pizzicato in the higl-iest registers, while his huge arco sound makes for an incandescent climax. This is a splendid album of the most penetrating and passionate kee improvisation.

_ By ANDY HAMILTON (Double Bass, Great Britain, Autumn 2006)

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  2. Okay Vitko, I'll bite. Bet this isn't your usual Red Garland trio session huh? The instruments are all correct!! Many thanks for all you share!!!

  3. I also recommend:

    PAUL PLIMLEY - BARRY GUY - LUCAS NIGGLI - Hexentrio (Intakt CD 206 / 2012)

    In the spring of 2012, during a tour of Europe, Plimley, Guy and Niggli recorded this album at a studio session in the "Loft" in Cologne, Germany. Barry Guy and Lucas Niggli had worked together a lot in the past few years. Pianist Paul Plimley, a Canadian with Irish roots, had made himself a name as one of the founders of the New Orchestra Workshop (NOW). There Plimley came to the attention of Han Bennink, Gerry Hemingway and Barry Guy. In 2009 Lucas Niggli played with Plimley at the festival in Vancouver, and the trio with Barry Guy was born.
    The album contains distillations of their "live"-performances – pieces with a sharp focus often developed out of quiet sequences. "There is a remarkable sensitivity, which truly shines in the slow numbers", writes Marc Chénard in the liner notes. "On the flip side of the coin, they can push and shove with the best of them, and there are more than a handful of those moments, too. Most importantly, though, this spirited team shows us how true freedom lay not only at the outer limits but also within them."

  4. Yes, this is fantastic Vitko. Thank you.