Thommy Andersson/Peter Nilsson/Jacob Anderskov: Triofolded (2010)
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This masterful recording by Swedish-born, Denmark-resident bassist Thommy Andersson (b) and Danish pianist Jacob Anderskov, plus Swedish drummer Peter Nilssoneach of them a leader in his own rightpresents a Nordic interpretation of free improvised music. The focus of the trio is not on energetic, dense and fiery playing but on the intensity of responsive and patient interplay, tonal richness, and changing dynamics, where the leader of each improvisation is challenged by the other players in true democratic manner, free of any hierarchy.
Triofolded features eleven short improvisations, all recorded on the same day in June, 2009 in Copenhagen. All present the wide expressive strategies of each of these highly experienced and creative musicians, and of the trio as a sympathetic collective. Each improvisation moves between a few moods and colors, as demonstrated by the opener "I seg int ommä," that begins as a simple ballad, transforms into an abstract improvisation on the cymbals and matures as a spare duet between bass and drums. On the improvisations "Välesehe" and "He gäll int annä," concrete sounds produced by arco bass and ethereal drums and piano set the distant atmosphere of collective interplay.
On "Harta borti harta jär brano å harta borti hä jer nalta," "Nalta" and "Tjoller," Andersson dictates a rhythmic groove and the basic structure of the improvisation but Nilsson and Anderskov keep challenging him, each one developing Andersson's rhythmic theme differently, letting his own playing to dissolve again and again until the rhythmic groove takes over and blossoms as a mutual melodic playing.
"Si-att" is a beautiful, nuanced drum solo, followed by abstract and minimalist interplay of bass and drums on "He" patiently gains momentum, as the trio, through responsive interplay, researches the possibilities of trio improvisation. On the short "Sugljud" and "Wors jär a´Jazzn?" Anderskov focuses on the silent gaps in his minimalist solo playing and the tension that this silence evokes. The closing improvisation, "Båttn," is a slow, spare bass solo that highlights the deep tones of this expressive instrument.
Triofolded is a true and deep demonstration of creative art that is totally improvised in the moment.
Track Listing: I seg int ommä; Välesehe; Harta borti harta jär brano å harta borti hä jer nalta; He gäll int annä; Nalta; Si-att; He; Sugljud; Tjoller; Wors jär a´Jazzn?; Båttn.
Personnel: Thommy Andersson: bass; Peter Nilsson: drums; Jacob Anderskov: piano.
Record Label: Kopasetic Productions