Amazon.com Widgets

Fred Lonberg-Holm / Nick Stephens: Crackle: Six improvisations for Cello and Double Bass (2014)

By Published: | 1,597 views
Fred Lonberg-Holm / Nick Stephens: Crackle: Six improvisations for Cello and Double Bass How we rate: our writers tend to review music they like within their preferred genres.

These improvisations between Chicago's ubiquitous cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and veteran British double bassist Nick Stephens
Nick Stephens
Nick Stephens
b.1946
bass, acoustic
, known for ongoing collaborations with Norwegian reed master Frode Gjerstad
Frode Gjerstad
Frode Gjerstad
b.1948
sax, alto
and South-African drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo, were recorded in 2011 in Stephens' home-town, Northwood.

The duo immediately establish a common language that encompasses organic elements of fiery free jazz, through exploration of extended bowing techniques or often simple, straight- forward and lyrical, chamber playing. The two juggle between these shifting elements, to form searching, restless dynamics and and multi-layered textures.

The fourth, 15-minute long improvisation enables Lonberg-Holm and Stephens to explore their shared, searching spirit and the resulting supportive interplay even deeper. Both cover a continuum of sounds. Elegant, poetic bowing, nuanced investigation of the deep and resonant timbral spectrum of the cello and double bass, percussive use of the bows and a changing pulse comprise the spare overtones. The pair perform with great focus, and an impressive command of their instruments, welcoming any sound and any dynamic, whether tough, nervous or gentle and caressing.

An impressive meeting of like-minded improvisers.

Track Listing: Crackle one; Carackle Two; Crackle Three; Crackle Four; Crackle Five; Crackle Six.

Personnel: Fred Lonberg-Holm: cello; Nick Stephens: double bass.

Record Label: Loose Torque


comments powered by Disqus
Search
Support All About Jazz Through Amazon

Weekly Giveaways

Mark Elf

Mark Elf

About | Enter

Stefano Bollani

Stefano Bollani

About | Enter

Carmen Lundy

Carmen Lundy

About | Enter

Wadada Leo Smith

Wadada Leo Smith

About | Enter

Bandzoogle: GET STARTED TODAY - FREE TRIAL

Enter it twice.
To the weekly jazz events calendar

Enter the numbers in the graphic
Enter the code in this picture

Log in

One moment, you will be redirected shortly.

Article Search