Kent Carter String Trio: Intersections (2006)
Cerebral in scope yet sometimes fragile with intent, the band pursues daintily melodic chamber frameworks while also generating a number of unexpected surprises. On "Intentions #1, the artists deliver inwardly moving choruses offset by verbose exchanges, and the strings introduce scraping based tonalities where whimsy and angst share common ground. During this evolving state of musical affairs, the trio communicates strength and passion through mood-altering pastiches of sound. During selected movements, they create a gnomic existence while also inducing trance-like states via circular unison lines. The various plots are ingrained within sonorous interchanges and ominous undercurrents.
On "Who Might That Be? the trio develops a walking motif, accentuated by violinist Albrecht Maurer's nimble plucking maneuvers. Ultimately, the art of improvisation maintains equilibrium with the compositional element. Therefore, the music is not overbearing or steeped within directionless flows. Contrarily, the instrumentalists align technical proficiency with intersecting storylines that bespeak uniformity and an entrancing degree of flux. Repeated listens tend to divulge newfound surprises here.
Track Listing: March 17; Blithe; Eigens Fur Eidens; Intentions #1; Exuberance; Pulapka; Who Might That Be?; Blues Suite; In The Mean Time.
Personnel: Albrecht Maurer: violin; Katrin Mickiewicz: viola; Kent Carter: bass.
Record Label: Emanem
Style: Modern Jazz