Mark Helias' Open Loose: Atomic Clock (2006)
"Plantini" has a similar air about it, and proves in itself that this group is about a whole lot more than the mere display of energy levels and the incendiary qualities that might require; the fact of the matter is that whilst Malaby frequently dwells in the upper reaches of his horn, he manages to do so without sounding as though he is straining for effect.
The high-energy thing is not, however, beyond them, and such is the ambience of the opening "Subway" that the listener might just think that he or she is eavesdropping on a piece that could go on for a whole lot longer than it does.
Such is the nature of this trio that the ear might be repeatedly drawn to Malaby's contributions. This would however undermine the essentially democratic nature of the group. There is little of that soloist-with-accompaniment thing going on here, a point perhaps best exemplified by the too brief "Atomic Clock."
Range is also a hallmark, as per "Cinematic," pervaded as it is by the atmosphere of what can only be described as a dark ballad. The balance of light and shade that is thus struck overall is further reward, marking a recital by a group that knows its strengths and how to work with them.
Track Listing: Subway; Chavez; Cinematic; Momentum Interrupted; Modern Scag; Atomic Clock; Plantini; What Up; Zephyr; Many Nows.
Personnel: Tony Malaby: tenor saxophone; Mark Helias: bass; Tom Rainey: drums, percussion; Ellery Eskelin: tenor saxophone (5).
Record Label: Radio Legs
Style: Modern Jazz