Georg Graewe/Ernst Reijseger/Gerry Hemingway: Sonic Fiction (2008)
Much of the disc thrives on space, on the glimmers of interstitial luminosity that would typify the trio's later output. Things do heat up a bit with "Sleeperwaltzer," which is just that, at least from Hemingway's point of view. It begins slowly enough, but a pause cracks the listener's perception of time in two just before the mayhem begins. Pianist George Graewe's proportional rhythms and constant tempo shifts keep everyone on tiptoes and Reijseger glides, swoops and sharp-shoots his way through the polyrhythms with Webern-ian ease and dexterity.
If "Fibulation" sports some of the European maximalism associated with early Spontaneous Music Ensemble, there's enough of the trio's character, in hindsight, to set the group apart from whatever references it might evoke. The playing is superb, the sound equally brilliant, but there might not be enough improvement in this reissue to justify a repurchase. That said, there is no better place to start exploring the group's output than at the beginning and those who take the plunge have worlds of discovery ahead.
Track Listing: Alien corn I; Alien corn II; Alien corn III; Fibulation; Aspects of somnambulism/Demure scuttle; Aspects of somnambulism/sleepwalker; Fangled talk; Masting.
Personnel: Georg Graewe: piano; Ernst Reijseger: cello; Gerry Hemingway: percussion.
Record Label: Hat Hut Records
Style: Modern Jazz