Emil Strandberg / Sten Sandell / Patric Thorman: It Is Night And I Am Lost (2013)
The trio's sophomore recording features only the title piece, a 33-minute sonic journey into the unknown. As the title suggests, the musicians do not structure the flow of sounds or surrender to any musical convention or genre. With no leader, and with a focused and restrained atmosphere, the sounds emerge, float for brief moments, and begin their search; the trio lets the sounds go into silence as soon as the fragmented interplay evaporates, enabling new sounds to begin. The trio's three contrasting voices sound as if they are going in separate ways, yet a delicate balance is negotiated, demanding patience and deep listening to each others' ideas, even to form short and tight themes. Strandberg begins the improvisation with short phrases that have a clear, round tone and an almost jazz-tinged sound, but later joins Sandell and Thorman's experimental searches and exploration of extended techniques, with vocalized sounds. Sandell's playing is more abstract and poetic, opting for the suggestive more than the emphasized, while Thorman's sensitive additions are articulated with great reserve.
A masterful improvised performance.
Track Listing: It Is Night And I Am Lost.
Personnel: Emil Strandberg: trumpet; Sten Sandell: piano; Patric Thorman - double bass.
Record Label: Found You Recordings