John Butcher - Xavier Charles - Axel Dorner: The Contest of Pleasures
Here, the artists’ project kaleidoscopic and at times, hypnotic motifs, awash with raspy trills, percussive statements and daintily executed micro themes that seamlessly flow into diametric angles or converging proclamations. Throughout, a sense of transience prevails, as the musicians’ embark upon an evolutionary course that seemingly defies any discrete semblances of time and space. The Contest of Pleasures signifies a subliminal unification of the spirits. Thus, every whispery note, fleeting chorus and climactic episode speaks volumes, yet we would not expect anything less from this esteemed trio of master artisans. Recommended.
Track Listing: Pamplemousse; Quetsch; Loganberry; Greengage; Kumquat
Personnel: John Butcher; tenor & soprano saxophone: Xavier Charles; clarinet: Axel Dorner; trumpet
Record Label: Potlatch Records
Style: Modern Jazz