Bruno R: Ascensio (2003)
Råberg sets up many moods on this recording using motifs from Carnatic (South Indian) music and a smidgen of African rhythm. Not all of the tunes succeed in communicatingbut when they do, it is a credit not only to the composition, but also to the links the players forge between themselves. Grenadier sets up the theme for “Estaron,” a stop-shift movement that jabs at a perky edge and then unfolds a series of changes opening an uneven field that is fertile ground for Chase on the alto, his a quieter, lyrical voice. “Caffe Nero” has a light swinging feel, Grenadier and Chase breaking up the rhythm in unity, and then clasping the linear devolution. Another perky outing comes on “Maya.” Råberg is wonderfully inventive here, his lines creating a becoming timbral palette. “Triptych” resonates in the soft splashes of color, impressionism that oozes in the seamless unravelling of the form.
Track Listing: Maya; African Daybreak; Through the Window of Compassion; Stilts; Ascensio; Estaron; Triptych; Easter Song; Caffe Nero; Angle of Repose
Personnel: Phil Grenadier