Bjork's Hyperballad is to this trio as Silvio Rodriguez was to Bobo Stenson's - the gift of the jazz-ballad! Similar treatments, too - Nice! Shorter's Plaza Real is something else again. And Stanko's Green Sky ... I'm looking forward to my copy of 'Faithful' for more advancement in terms of composition, of Wasilewski [going by the valuable reviews], not so sure about the pivotal role of 'January' yet.
First impression sustained until #13 'In Motion' (preceded nicely by 'Travel') is that so many great players precious time (in session) seems utterly wasted in this hit-or-miss, collectively free series of improvisations; tortuously til so near the end when they finally get a vamp to lock into; it's all quite interesting as selected bits-and-pieces go but nothing really takes off (which probably wouldn't matter too much except that when it belatedly hooks in at track 13, it almost seems to negate everything that went before it), as a dialectic - in stark comparison - it would seem to prove just how indulgent totally free (if without the freedom of preset form, or parameters for all… Read more
First thing to strike me, as a keen improviser myself, is how the initially strong opening track has so much going on in the percussion dept that it almost seems to be crying out for some definite rhythm! A conventional less would in fact have been a good case-in-point for the less-is-more, minimalistic theory: in that it might've been less cluttered. However, it's an honest, unedited improvisation and possibly an-exception-that-proves-the-rule[s], if there are any rules here, at all. After this, though, things get sparser, more abstract; sounding less (or almost) formed, and in leaving so much more air in the mix for the listener to metaphorically breathe in, or to absorb, digest as… Read more