Clang and flutter sequence the opening as drummer Raymond Strid and pianist Sten Standell make brief exchanges, the situation ripe for Gustafsson to come in with some strangulated gusts before he opens the vent and frees short notes that grow in intensity as his mates push and prod the rhythm. "Handpicked evolves into an intense, stewing, melting pot of sound before it dips, all of a sudden, into a quieter mode. The air of calm becomes gentler, but nevertheless rich with deep explorations.
The landscape of the journey constantly shifts direction. Surprise is an element that keeps movement on edge, but there is something more. It comes in the way the three understand each other and how they pick up the mental thread that each unravels. Perhaps it comes from having been together since 1988. Yet, to their credit, time has not staled their impulses. Creativity is still ripe. And it is in that that their music bristles and stirs the senses.
Track Listing: Handpicked; Sava; Rhomb.
Personnel: Mats Gustafsson: fluteophone; alto fluteophone, French flageolet; soprano, tenor and baritone saxophone; Sten Sandell?: piano and voice; Raymond Strid: drums.
Record Label: Atavistic Worldwide
Style: Modern Jazz
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