Amere 3

Trees

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This trio plays uncompromising free improvisation out of all trends the genre has known during the '90s. Actually, the music draws from everything, literally: the ardor of Evan Parker, the jagged abstraction of Derek Bailey, the silence-conscious music of John Butcher and Radu Malfatti -- there's even a bit of free jazz occasionally, like in "Madrona." Drummer Rob Dainton is an unstoppable machine. He doesn't play necessarily loud, but his level of activity recalls Paul Lytton: feverish. He is the motor of this music and when he stops walloping around to, say, softly bow a cymbal, time freezes, as the listener is left gasping for air in a sonic vacuum. Bassist Simon H. Fell, still cruelly underrated, delivers a strong performance any fan of Dominic Duval should hear. He is inventive and useful, two adjectives you don't see together that often. Phil Hargreaves provides the high register either on saxophone or flute. His extended vocabulary still makes room for Coltrane-esque jazziness here and there, not unlike Paul Dunmall. The level of communication within this trio is beyond reproach. The musicians manage to create exciting moments, full of tension as to what will happen next. The two-part "Katsura" stands out as being particularly generous and includes a solo by Dainton. Hargreaves deserves more attention, as Trees proves it beyond doubt.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
6:09
2
7:01
3
5:15
4
9:02
5
7:59
6
5:21
7
4:20
8
4:41
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