Blaise Siwula Trio: Dialing Privileges
The compositions, which arise from the fertile minds of all three men, are equally galvanizing in terms of conception and application. Most feature brief and often fragmentary theme statements by one or all of the players before a furious dissolve into collective improvisation. The opening “Tendencies in Tandem” focuses on the incredibly tight interplay between Siwula and Minasi with Bollinger’s loose drums opening up a piebald medley of rhythms underneath. “Trawler” starts out almost conventionally melodic, before the bottom falls out into a dizzying free fall coupled with nosebleed inducing ascents. The heated rancor of Siwula’s solo on “My Dad’s a Really Nice Fella” stands in stark contrast to the amicable sentiment of the piece’s title paving a serpentine way for Minasi’s choppy string sculptures and Bollinger’s volcanic eruptions which signal a close. On the eerie “Take Me to the Factory House” the players once again build a seething malaise of tension from modest beginnings. The piece gains steam in a boiling surge that eventually dissipates in an uneasy resolution of the opening theme. “Circle Down” works in analogous fashion, moving from lyrical flirtations to an effervescent glorification of dissonant lines and back again. This trio’s collective approach is both intractable and all-inclusive, a temperamental juxtaposition that they manage to harness to magnificent effect. Taken in a single sitting the music of these three can be a thorny swallow, but any pain incurred is worth it for the payoff their inventions provide.
Tracks:Tendencies in Tandem/ Mom’s Garden/ Trawler/ My Dad’s a Really Nice Fella/ Take Me to the Factory House/ What Monk/ Strange/ Circle Down.
Personnel: Blaise Siwula- alto saxophone; Dom Minasi- 12-string guitar; John Bollinger- drums.
Recorded: March 1 & 2, 1999, Rossie, NY.
Record Label: CIMP Records
Style: Modern Jazz