Three of Europe’s top improvisers cast a nouveau spin on the inferences of traditional Trio Hot or Hot Trio connotations usually associated with Swing or Gypsy-jazz ala Django Reinhardt. It’s a study in polytonal contrasts as bassist Peter Jacquemyn and violinist Albrecht Maurer handle the low to middle registers while g-low clarinetist Theo Jorgensmann largely works within the upper register.
With multilayered developments the band generates hyper-minimalism and jagged loop type passages. And that’s not all! For example on "Zoo On The Road," the dual strings section’s buzzing lines support Jorgensmann’s flotation-like phraseology. In effect, the band offers a cavalcade of interesting propositions.
The piece titled "Jink" features Maurer’s blazing violin phraseology atop Jacquemyn’s supersonic walking bass lines as they subsequently hand it off to Jorgensmann who enacts gobs of counterpoint and colorific frameworks. In addition, they work through sublime moments and gradually evolving thematic forays. But rev it up into a firestorm via the artists’ maddening pace on "Setting Up The Market."
It’s a fluid and prismatic session, where the musicians also delve into avant-chamber stylizations, evidenced by "Gesture Talk," featuring their interweaving dialogues and distinct separation of registers. No doubt, the program is a study in mood inducing improv via semi-structured patterns, circular ostinatos and more. Yet we wouldn’t expect anything less from these consummate instrumentalists who sound like they’ve been performing as a unit for decades, which of course isn’t the case. Overall, there’s quite a bit to excite one’s neural network here. It’s hip, heady and wildly entertaining!