Michael Moore Trio

Chicoutimi

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This trio setting showcases clarinetist Michael Moore's trio compositions. Of the 16 pieces here, many of them new works, Moore reads his compositions through the light of his influences, notably the Jimmy Giuffre Trio recordings with Paul Bley and Steve Swallow, and the duets between Gil Evans and Lee Konitz. Accompanying Moore on the journey are bassist Mark Helias and pianist Fred Hersch. In other words, this amounts to a supergroup for a session of adventures in harmonic architecture and tonal interplay. The album opens with "Anomalous Soul," a work truly inspired by Giuffre in its long off-centered melody lines and Hersh's floating harmonic palette that reaches and offers simultaneously to complement the clarinet and the ever-fluctuating bassline. "In the Company of Angels" works much in the same way, except that it opens as a solo for the first minute before the band joins in contrapuntal intervallic invention. There are also avant tracks that sound as if they were improvised, such as "Bruce," and "Rospero," with its stunning arco work by Helias, which precedes the most gorgeous track on the disc, the closer, "Tango." Here, a minor sixth figure by Piazzolla is turned inside out to reveal the lush, nearly extravagant harmonic possibilities at its core. This is an album that must be heard more than once for it to sink it. When it has been savored enough times, its magic and innovation will pour over you like a waterfall.

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