Ictus: Live (2005)
The group chemistry evolves via elements of minimalism and four-way dialogues akin to the fluctuating pulse readings of an oscilloscope. The quartet mixes it up all up with subtle resonance, circular patterns and intuitively defined variables. Electric bassist Peter Friis Nielsen is the anchor, while Ducret's amplified electric guitar work fills in the blanks, largely due to his angular lines and spacey chord progressions. At times the quartet creates climactic environs. Ducret turns up the heat in spots atop Nielsen's pumping lines, while Anker weaves and intersects through numerous mini-themes. On "The Sky Below/Restoration, Nielsen renders an ostinato groove in support of Ducret's heated soloing, which is dashed with ominous intentions. They use time, space and depth to their advantage within the multifaceted fabrics of improvisation.
Track Listing: Ile; Pong Pank/Orbituary; The Sky Below/Restoration; Meltdown; Resolution in Retrospect.
Personnel: Lotte Anker: tenor, soprano saxophones; Marc Ducret: guitar; Peter Friis Nielsen; electric bass, preparations; Stefan Passborg: drums, percussion.
Record Label: Ilk Music
Style: Modern Jazz