Providing immediate contrast, "We Bow to Royalties opens atmospherically, Rainey using mallets for resonance while Gress' slow arco and Berne's whispered phrases add mystery. The intensity builds from a short drum solo and Berne's re-entrance, reaching a peak at about twelve minutes, when Rainey drops a snare crack and Gress instantly shifts into a funkier groove that the two churn for Berne's next flight.
Accomplished composers as well as improvisers, the members of the trio imbue the music with the contrast and tension that have become hallmarks of Berne and Gress' compositions. The dynamic ebbs and flows provide a narrative arc and sense of drama. Throughout the two improvisations, the saxophonist proffers infectious melodic snippets that could easily be expanded into larger statements. But given this trio's nature, those phrases existed only for that moment.
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Track Listing: Trading on All Fours; We Bow to Royalties.
Personnel: Tim Berne: alto saxophone; Drew Gress: bass; Tom Rainey: drums.
Record Label: Screwgun Records
Style: Modern Jazz
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