Instinctual Eye: Born In Brooklyn (2006)
On the 42-minute first piece, "Fitzcarraldo's Beautiful Nonsequitur, the musicians gradually raise the pitch, and Gjerstad seems comfortable improvising within the upper register of his sax. They frequently oscillate pitch and flows via intense dialogues and multi-timbral explorations.
Norton switch-hits from vibes to percussion during the entire session. He often counterbalances Stephens' creaky, bowed bass lines and Gjerstad's soaring choruses with softly generated vibes or accenting cymbal swashes. The trio plies an angular approach, yet occasionally veers off into hustling and bustling free-bop grooves.
In sum, this endeavor captures jazz-rooted improv within its purest component; a given storyline provides the initial forum for expansion. So, where others are apt to fail, this unit exceeds in rather glistening fashion.
Track Listing: Fitzcarraldo's Beautiful Nonsequitir; Born In Brooklyn.
Personnel: Kevin Norton: vibraphone, percussion; Frode Gjerstad: alto saxophone, clarinet; Nick Stephens: bass.
Record Label: Barking Hoop
Style: Modern Jazz