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by Glenn Astarita
This trio gives credence to the old saying that, too many cooks spoil the broth." Given the musicians' course of action, it would seem that additional instrumentalists may have gotten in the way of progress. This is due to the band's extreme agility coupled with a horde of alternative routes, undulating bop grooves, an uncluttered soundstage and tight unison outbreaks. And with Michaël Attias' fluid, whispery tones and venomous solo sprees, the trio's airtight scope of attack also includes melodic ...read more
by Eyal Hareuveni
This is an intimate meeting between old friends. Bassist Sean Conlyand Michäel Attias who collaborated before on Conly's Re: Action (Clean Feed, 2012) and on Attias' recent Spun Tree (Clean Feed, 2012). But this recording features both musicians who work now as the Think Shadow duo. Here, they improvise on the spot, creating melody, rhythm, and harmony, searching for a mutual language. The fifteen duets are subdued and restrained. Conly and Attias leave enough space for each ...read more
by Clifford Allen
Bassist Sean Conly is an extraordinarily busy player, perhaps somewhat of a yeoman--he's worked with figures as diverse in approach as the violinists Sam Bardfeld and Regina Carter. But if he has a particular mettle, it might just be in the unruly, driving and highly plastic music of this ensemble. Conly, saxists Michael Attias and Tony Malaby and drummer Pheeroan akLaff take on on a program of ten originals and a cover of Eric Dolphy's Gazzelloni." There ...read more