Pago Libre: Wake Up Call: Live in Italy
Shilkloper takes a grand french horn solo on "Wake Up Call," on which Brennan is likewise magnificent: percussive, shimmering, skittering, and glowing. "Tupti-Kulai" is built on an up-and-down stairway figure from Brennan which, after some chirping from Shilkloper, becomes a practically Jarretian figure - only richer, chiefly courtesy Theissing's string work.
The string men have their showcase on "African Blossom," a remarkable percussive track for a quartet with no percussionist. But chalk it up to this group's imagination. Throughout, this disc is a bravura example of improvisation of a high order. Heartily recommended.
Tscho Theissing, vln, voc; Arkady Shilkloper, fr hn, flghn; John Wolf Brennan, p, melodica; Daniele Patumi, b.
Track listing: Wake Up Call / Tupti-Kulai / African Blossom / Toccattacca / Folk Song / Synopsis / Kabak / Kobra.
Record Label: Leo Records
Style: Modern Jazz