The Plunge Trio with Bobo Stenson: Origo (2009)
Origo is a multi-layered session that features the quartet's various facets. Spare and suggestive on "Clement," Stenson delivers ballad-like lines, but Plunge Trio's sensitive interplay only touches them, opting for a more open texture. The title track is slow and minimalist, with careful, balanced and emphatic interplay based on intense listening. "Metamorphing," at almost 20 minutes, moves through a wide and introspectivealmost meditativespectrum of textures and moods, with quiet intensity and delicate thematic elaboration. The closing "Wee Farewell" is another spare, contemplative piece that sums up this impressive musical meeting in a majestic manner. The patient interplay implies moods and themes in an imaginative game of nuanced and suggestive playing.
This release is a wonderful example of contemporary Scandinavian jazz. Plunge Trio with Bobo Stenson extends the Nordic tradition of cool, personal expression, challenging conventional jazz with a unique and creative improvisational method . Origo asks for an attentive listening, but each listening finds new and captivating nuances that testify to its sheer beauty .
Track Listing: Alea Iacta Est; Clement; Brief Excursion; Origo; Giordaniesque; Metamorphing; Wee Farewell.
Personnel: Andreas Andersson: alto and baritone saxophones; Bobo Stenson: piano; Mattias Hjorth: double-bass; Peter Nilsson: drums.
Record Label: Kopasetic Productions
Style: Free Improv/Avant-Garde