Apr 30 2012
Colin Vallon – “Rruga”
My review of Colin Vallon‘s Rruga has been pubbed over at Music is Good. After the lead-in paragraph, you can follow the link to read the read of the article at MiG.
The ECM catalog is filled with piano trio albums of austerity and minimalism. For a piano trio to approach an album with a Doing More With Less minimalism is a daring venture, because the high risk is a drowsy album that ends up sounding flimsy and thin or, worse perhaps, lounge music for the late night dinner set. It’s not an easy thing to do, the peaceful piano trio recording.
The choice of notes has to be impeccable, since there ain’t gonna be as many to offer the listener. Honor has to be paid to the silence, and used as effectively as the sound made from the black and whites. Bass and drums have to be more than just tools of accompaniment, but in the framework of the quiet piano trio, they need to be sure to only use their Inside Voices. And then there’s the compositions themselves… (read the rest of the article, HERE, at Music is Good).
Your album personnel: Colin Vallon (piano), Patrice Moret (double bass), and Samuel Rohrer (drums).
Released on the ECM Records label in 2011, and one of the year’s best.
Jazz from the Bern, Switzerland scene.
Aug 23 2012
Splashgirl – “Pressure”
My review of Splashgirl‘s Pressure has been pubbed over at the Music is Good site. After the lead-in, you can follow the link to read the rest of the article.
The Nordic Jazz sound has situated itself solidly at a distance from Jazz’s epicenter… introspective, austere, with drifting melodies, and rhythms that often eschew swing for drama. And as musicians from that fold push the envelope ever outward, it gets to where, perhaps, the music stops being Jazz at all. In the face of whether an album is of value, this genre philosophizing is a small matter.
What is of more compelling, though ancillary interest, is that by pushing the borders of Jazz outward, musicians who typically play other types of music are testing the waters of Jazz. Some, like Splashgirl, have actually built a foundation in one of the slight areas of fuzziness where genres cross over.
Combining element of a Jazz piano trio, ambient electronica, and alt-classical new-schoolers like Nils Frahm, with Pressure, Splashgirl has created an intoxicating brand of music that may be tough to categorize, but… (read the rest of the article, HERE, at Music is Good)
Released in 2011 on the Hubro Music label.
Jazz from Norway.
Available at eMusic. Available at Amazon: CD | MP3 | Vinyl
By davesumner • Jazz Recommendations, Jazz Recommendations - 2011 Releases • 0 • Tags: Music is Good news, Splashgirl