They certainly got the "beautiful" in the title right – because although the set's a series of freely-improvised duets between reedman John Butcher and drummer Stale Liavik Solberg – the pair handle their music with a lot more care and sensitivity than you might hear from any other duo! Butcher is especially great on tenor and soprano sax – shaping sounds as much as creating notes – often with an approach that's darkly poetic, and very beautiful throughout – always filled with surprise, and very well matched with Solberg's inventive percussion. Titles include "So Beautiful", "It Starts", and "To Rain". CD
Drummer Nick Fraser leads the group, but we're in love with the contributions of all the individual members – including saxophonist Tony Malaby, who's at his creative tonal best – and the mix of Andrew Downing on cello and Rob Clutton on bass – performing together here in a wonderfully rich texture of strings! The album begins in moody territory, but soon moves into bolder moments – which really draw a lot of subtle emotional balance in the range between the tenor and cello especially – working together to evoke worlds of unseen images, with an offbeat mix of past and future. Titles include "Disclosure", "Skeleton", "Arachnid", "The Predictor", and "Quicksand". CD
Frode Gjerstad Trio with Steve Swell —
Bop Stop ... CD CleanFeed (Portugal), 2018. Used ...
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The trombone of Steve Swell is a great presence here – balanced alongside the trio of Frode Gjerstad on alto, Jon Rune Strom on bass, and Paal Nilssen Love on drums and percussion! Both Swell and Gjerstad have this way of creating flurries of notes that are mindblowing – fast-thinking, quickly-creative tones that fall from their horns with almost an organic sort of energy – blended together in a magical conflagration of high and low and impulses! Strom's bass shifts nicely – sometimes itself a strong engine of sonic nodes – and the drums of Paal Nilssen-Love are sometimes nicely restrained, before coming on with his trademark boundless energy. The set features four long improvisations – "Bop Stop", "Stop Bop", "Pop Bop", and "Post Stop". CD