10

Agustí Fernández / Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard / Bjørn Heebøll: Amaranth

BY

Sign in to view read count
Agustí Fernández / Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard / Bjørn Heebøll: Amaranth
To call Spanish pianist Agustí Fernández an inside/outside player isn't to suggest that he dabbles in both straight-ahead and free jazz. As a free, improvising pianist, he is one of the most sensitive players in today's scene. No, calling Fernández an inside/outside player literally means he can often be found playing his instrument both from the outside —the keyboard, and the inside.

His latest release is a new trio with the Danish musicians Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard (SOUND X SOUND) and Bjørn Heebøll of Bodaboda Duo who released Modern Persuasion (Tyrfing, with Peter Brotzmann. The trio takes its cues from Fernández' work with Evan Parker and Paul Lytton. On the opening track "Frenetic Movement." Løkkegaard's alto wriggles through an ocean of liquid notes. The aptly named tracks here, telegraph the trio's direction. "Curved Movement" begins with the plonking of a stilted piano note, manually altered, then pulled and vibrated with croaking saxophone and scrapped cymbal. "Light Movement" is the quietist and perhaps the most intense piece here. The rumble and reverberations of Fernández' piano used, literally, as a music box, prime his partners to adopt a minimalist (almost ambient) style. Their switch from frenetic free jazz to a landscape soundtrack expands their depth and range.

Each of the eight pieces on "Movements" begs to be the title to a separate and an entirely new release. Is it too much to ask for an 8-CD boxset of this music?

Track Listing

Frenetic Movement; Forward Movement; Curved Movement; Natural Movement; Light Movement; Restrained Movement; Athletic Movement; Small Movement.

Personnel

Agustí Fernández: piano; Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard: alto saxophone, recorder; Bjørn Heebøll: drums.

Album information

Title: Amaranth | Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: Hiatus Label

Post a comment about this album

Tags

View events near Barcelona
Jazz Near Barcelona
Events Guide | Venue Guide | Local Businesses | More...

Shop Amazon

More

Late Night
Sean Fyfe Quartet
Soul In Plain Sight
Angelika Niescier
Jump
Julieta Eugenio
Two For The Road
Tara Minton & Ed Babar
The Color of Angels
Doug Scarborough
Inimitable
Michael Bisio
The 7th Hand
Immanuel Wilkins

Popular

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.