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Blender drinks sometimes disguise their ingredients. A little peanut butter and banana tossed into your kale and spinach smoothie might provide just the right flavor camouflage. Likewise, adding drummer Tim Daisy
and Australian bassist Clayton Thomas. Their 'piano trio' might be marked with an asterisk, as it often functions here as a percussion trio and a minimalist improvising group; it often disguises its ingredients.
Thomas is a member of The Ames Room, a trio with saxophonist Jean-Luc Guionnet and drummer Will Guthrie. Wiik's piano, heard in the bands Atomic, Freefall, and Side A, can be lyrically beautiful or jaggedly emotional. Here, with Daisy coaxing nonlinear passages from the pianist, he responds with percussive runs, shimmering bells, and pounded block chords. The pieces, all lengthy, ebb and flow between meditative references, echoing experiments in percussive attack, and high speed improvisation. The disc is both densely packed and sparsely presented. Maybe that's what you get when you mix a Chicago sound into a European environment.
Track Listing: Suite For Three; Spreepark Serenade; There Goes The Sun; Treptow