Pianist Gyorgy Szabados (Hungary) and percussionist Vladimir Tarasov (Russia) have been pursuing the free jazz thing for many years, amid the damnations of the former Soviet Bloc regime. With this live outing recorded in Serbia-Montenegro, the artists team with American progressive-jazz icon and multi-reedman Anthony Braxton.
They get underway with Szabados’ thirty-two minute extrapolation titled "Triotone." Think of contracting like developments fused with polytonal sounds, partially emanating from Tarasov’s deft cymbal work and the soloists’ European folk derivations. At times, Braxton and Szabados pursue classically minded riffs, to complement contrapuntal exchanges and periods of rapid expansion. The spiraling ebb and flow consists of cyclical rhythmic patterns, while Tarasov’s intermittent brush work is sometimes akin to an artist, daintily applying brushstrokes to a canvas. Twenty minutes into the piece, the trio restates the primary theme at a hyper-mode pace to coincide with dark, harmonic choruses accentuated by Braxton’s sputtering flurries.
The remaining tracks find the trio slicing and slashing through free-jazz frameworks and lighthearted, melodic intervals along with other modes of musical construction. Needless to say, the trio reigns as a crowd-pleasing unit, as it is easy to discern the audience’s exuberant appreciation for this indisputably stunning, live date! (Vigorously recommended.... )