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Agustí Fernández/Barry Guy/Ramón López: A Moment's Liberty (2014)

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The term "elegance," is rarely utilized when referring to a jazz recording. In fact, "elegant jass"might be an oxymoronic term. Sure, The Modern Jazz Quartet
Modern Jazz Quartet
Modern Jazz Quartet

band/orchestra
always performed in formal wear, and Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
1899 - 1974
piano
evoked gracefulness in response to his advertised "jungle music," but jazz has always bumped up against the high brow ceiling of more orthodox music.

Enter the Aurora Trio of pianist Agustí Fernández, bassist Barry Guy
Barry Guy
Barry Guy
b.1947
bass
and drummer Ramón López. Their music (lets call it poetry) increases the sophistication factor tenfold. Their original music is equivalent to Keith Jarrett
Keith Jarrett
Keith Jarrett
b.1945
piano
's Standards Trio.

A Moment's Liberty is their third release following Morning Glory (Maya, 2011) and Aurora (Maya, 2006). The disc opens with a lengthy (18-minute) Fernández composition "A Moment's Liberty." The pianist, playing solo, favors sumptuous notes and rich balladry. Even after his bandmates enter the tone is inspired and celebratory. Fernández, who like his partners, has never shied away from the scramble of free jazz and improvisation, finds a richness in those sounds between the notes—the unspoken and the silent. Throughout the recording, the maximum is accomplished with a minimalist approach. It's not that there are not eruptions of energy here and there, it's just the introverted, intimate nature of the trio's approach overshadows the unreserved portions.

Track Listing: Agustí Fernández: piano; Barry Guy: bass; Ramón López: drums.

Personnel: A Moment's Liberty; Annalisa; El Tesoro; Uma; Breath; Bielefeld Breakout; Orangina; Algarabía; The Ancients; Joan i Joana.

Record Label: Maya


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