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Walking Dark - Phronesis [CD]

Phronesis Audio CD
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Jasper Høiby (Denmark) – (double bass),
Ivo Neame (UK) - piano, Anton Eger (Sweden) - drums.

Scandinavian/British jazz trio Phronesis have the ability to excite, inspire and move people in a way that few bands are able to do. Led by Danish double-bassist Jasper Høiby, their charismatic live performances have prompted Jon Newey (Editor of Jazzwise Magazine) to ... Read more in Amazon's Phronesis Store

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  • Audio CD (2 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Edition Records
  • ASIN: B00713Y2U8
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,939 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Phronesis are a dynamic trio who need little introduction. Their fourth album, Walking Dark, is the highly anticipated follow-up to the acclaimed Alive [Edition EDN1021], which was voted Jazz Album of the Year by both Jazzwise and MOJO magazines in 2010. Since the success of this release, the band has toured widely across Europe and North America, earning consistent praise for their vibrant live performances. Formed by Danish bass player Jasper Høiby in 2005, the energy and individuality of Phronesis comes from an extraordinary democracy of expression and almost telepathic empathy between the musicians - three of the finest players on the European jazz scene today. British pianist Ivo Neame and Swedish drummer Anton Eger come together with Høiby to create a poly-rhythmic sound that is utterly accessible despite its underlying complexity, full of emotion and heart yet always delivered with clarity and direction. Walking Dark is titled in reference to a series of concerts the trio played in total darkness as a dedication to Høiby s visually impaired sister. Høiby describes Walking Dark as a joint Phronesis adventure - the first album in which all members of the band contribute to the writing, as well as the arranging. Yet through these individual compositional textures, each track nevertheless displays the characteristic groove-driven 'Phronesis sound', incorporating constantly shifting yet expertly tight rhythmic patterns and exploratory openness. The album sees all three players reaching further than ever before, creating music that by turns drives with urban energy and resonates with mountainous space and sheer delightful abstraction.

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The fourth album from this trio comprising Danish bassist Jasper Hoiby, British pianist Ivo Neame and Swedish drummer Anton Eger (and the third since Neame replaced original pianist Magnus Hjorth) is named after a series of concerts played in total darkness as a dedication to Hoiby’s sister, who lost her sight to cataracts. But, in terms of the album as a whole, the key track title is Democracy. Hoiby describes this album as "a joint Phronesis adventure," acknowledging the fact that this is the first time the writing duties have been shared, rather than relying on the tall, equine bassist to generate all the grooves himself. Here, Neame and Eger contribute half of the 12 tracks, Hoiby the other half.

What’s really arresting is how, despite this new democracy of inputs, the album coheres around what we might call the ‘Phronesis sound’ – that is, complex, tumbling riffs played with irresistible, headlong momentum and leaping joie de vivre. Moreover, that unity of purpose extends beyond the compositional credits. Like the American trio M, Phronesis is emerging as a truly leaderless unit. The uncanny level of empathy generated in these performances gives the impression of a group mind, of instantaneous collective decisions executed flawlessly in the heat of the moment. Even during the solos, it feels as if the three musicians are soaring together. Factor in Hoiby and Neame’s habit of stating central melodies with bass and piano in unison as a single, singing voice, and the album could stand as a definitive statement of close musical comradeship.

All of which shouldn’t detract for a second from the quality of the individual musicianship: Hoiby’s profound lyrical gift is allied to a killer groove instinct; Eger’s polyrhythms, punctuated by snipping hi-hats and bull’s-eye rim-shots, summon a great, galloping energy; and Neame’s capricious runs convey some of the same whinnying, Iberian prance as Chick Corea’s classic track Spain. When it all comes together, it feels like the music is straining at the reins – a powerful, barely controllable muscular heft, revelling in its own swift mobility.

Phronesis’s 2010 album, Alive, was a breakthrough moment for the trio, bringing them to a wider international audience. With the release of Walking Dark, Hoiby, Neame and Eger might soon be very big names indeed.

--Daniel Spicer

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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THERE are jazz piano trios... and there are jazz piano trios. Over the years, the familiar piano/bass/drums line-up has come and gone, mostly offering standard fare with pleasant, yet unchallenging similarity.

In recent times, however, the trio format has undergone something of a renaissance, with perhaps the Esbjörn Svensson Trio (e.s.t.) leading the way in shaking up the establishment and shining a bright, new light on the 21st Century jazz scene... until so tragically extinguished.

Amongst this latest breed of innovative musicians has emerged UK-based 'Phronesis' - Jasper Høiby (double bass), Ivo Neame (piano), Anton Eger (drums). Their 2010 live album, 'Alive', quite rightly caused a stir, winning plaudits and awards for their creative, driven, new sounds. An offering difficult to better - or so it would seem...

Then comes 'Walking Dark', a brand new studio album of, again, entirely original works - and an absolute triumph! - released by Edition Records, a UK label renowned for successfully nurturing and promoting exceptional new jazz talent. From the off, this creative soundworld delivers a highly exciting and engaging experience - Høiby's agile, driving and melodious double bass sounding like no other; Neame's seemingly effortless yet energetic piano work (a chromatic ripple here, a deftly high-flying solo line there, and characteristically complex chord progressions I can only dream of emulating!); and Eger coaxing the most gigantic and thrilling percussion via his unique and ebullient approach to drumming ('amazing to witness Anton eloquently teasing extraordinary sounds out of his kit, with trademark enthusiastic vigour, using kitchen utensils!).
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Phronesis are regular visitors to the Jazz scene in the UK, so many people will have already heard some of the material here, from seeing them live, where they really stand out. Their last album Alive was of course recorded live and had a guest drummer, but this album sees them return to their current touring line-up with Swedish drummer Anton Eger.

This is a studio album and so doesn't have the same exciting "edge" of their live performances, but makes up for this in clarity and a considered approach. It still sounds very much like the band has before, but the compositions have been spread out amongst the band. So, rather than being the band of Jasper Hoiby, the Danish Double Bass player who used to provide all the written material - it is now more of a co-operative venture and it is maybe no coincidence that one of Eger's tunes is called "Democracy".

We also seem to get more of Ivo Neame, the British pianist than before. Usually trios with this line-up are lead by the pianist - but maybe he was holding back before in deference to Hoiby as leader and driving force. Now it is a democracy, each player contributes and gets to say what they want, perhaps?

The music is characterised by strong melodies, often stated jointly by piano and bass, with a great feel for groove. They are incredibly strong rhythmically and each tune has interest in this area. Eger in particular is restless and endlessly inventive - the recording has captured the shifting textures and timbres of the percussion very well, making for fascinating listening in this respect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What the Critics Said 23 May 2012
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"the secret of Phronesis is it stands for more than the sum of its parts and this outstanding album has got to be the best example of that to date." JAZZWISE

"Høiby is one of the most arresting bassists on the contemporary scene, his sound at once lithe and sonorous, his solos compulsively listenable, and with the unshowy but fluent piano of Neame and the cracklingly energetic drumming of Eger driving the band, Walking Dark is Phronesis's most accomplished album to date." LONDON JAZZ BLOG

"Perhaps it's the emotional volatility that ultimately makes Phronesis so different and appealing. Whatever, the music comes up as fresh as paint." MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

"As the pile of talented and exciting piano trios continues to grow ever higher, it takes a very talented and exciting threesome to rise to the top and stay there. Enter Phronesis." allaboutjazz

"a group at the peak of its creative powers...with total confidence in their own abilities" jazzman

"With Walking Dark, Hoiby, Neame and Eger might soon be very big names indeed." BBC Music

"Walking Dark confirms their position as one of the great piano trios of our time. " the arts desk
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal acoustic jazz 29 Jun 2014
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So inventive, propulsive, complex and yet melodic. Just an amazing recording with huge dynamic range. Three gifted players each leading the other two and yet playing together harmoniously. Wildly innovative yet with startlingly crisp syncopation. Many groups slide into wild disharmony as a way of breaking down walls. These guys just go to places that are challenging, new and completely harmonious. Incredible playing.
5.0 out of 5 stars Jasper Holby is an amazing composer 24 Feb 2014
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Not to mention and amazing bas player. In the Band Phronesis his work really shines, the compositions, performance and drive of the band help to make for a tapestry you won't soon forget. Both the odd time signature and catchy melodies make this album one you will listen to over and over again.
4.0 out of 5 stars Walking Dark Phronesis - superb 8 Dec 2012
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A superb album by a European jazz ensemble. The music has a very laid back low key feel. This compliments the groups' smooth effortless sound that is beautiful timed by the walking basslines. I listen to this CD regularly and every time fin=d something I have not heard or noticed before.
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