Flow Trio: Set Theory, Live At The Stone (2011)
Together, they present three expansive, collectively forged improvisations totaling some 55-minutes, defined by their organic evolution, restrained passion and egalitarian nature. The musicianship is top notch. Belogenis often pitches slow burning emotionally-drenched tenor saxophone incantations against faster rhythms which produce a dramatically heightened tension. Downs is a master: he listens, explores timbre yet at the same time maintains a pulse, all without overwhelming. Morris' busy pizzicato affords propulsion allied to an unceasing oblique commentary.
There is an ease and sophistication in their interplay. Each track goes through multiple moods. Duos and solos emerge naturally from the flow. On "Set Theory," after a minimalist passage punctuated by unexpected drum crashes, Belogenis brooding tenor keens over an arco drone and rumbling drums which pick up an abstract Latin vibe. The piece finishes with the reedman's full-toned soprano spiraling ever higher, wafted on a loose bass vamp. More fine moments come on "InfinTrinity": Morris' swirling bow work blends winningly with falsetto tenor early on, while later the saxophonist's guttural choked over-blowing provides another highlight. "The End of Certainty" acts as a ballad-style coda, packing intense mournful soprano saxophone and a sinewy plucked bass feature within its seven-minute span, to round off this sometimes inspired document in style.
Track Listing: Set Theory; InfinTrinity; The End of Certainty.
Personnel: Louie Belogenis: tenor and soprano saxophones; Joe Morris: bass; Charles Downs: drums.
Record Label: Ayler Records