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by Celeste Sunderland
The packaging for Fallingwater includes a quote from Wassily Kandinsky. Two tracks into the album, the music gives way to images of intricate linear patterns and geometric designs--and one gets the impression that the Finnish duo's music could have inspired the painter's own works. A constant, careful examination of sound and texture persists through each of the eleven tracks. As a duo, percussionist Klaus Suonsaari and pianist Frank Carlberg maintain a resolute focus which avoids the muddle ...read more
by Ken Dryden
Drummer Klaus Suonsaari is equally at home in the worlds of post bop, mainstream jazz and free jazz, though this live trio performance focuses on the latter. The leader is joined by by saxophonist Scott Robinson (who utilized Suonsaari on all three of his very straight-ahead sessions for Arbors Jazz) and bassist Julian F. Thayer.
The trio's wild improvisations defy predictable paths. Robinson's One, Two, 1-2-3-4 is a throwback to the late '60s, with the saxophonist on tenor alternately honking ...read more
by Jeff Stockton
Klaus Suonsaari Portrait in Sound Focus Records 2003
Portrait in Sound is a brilliantly programmed hour of music that builds on the foundation of the bluesy sax-and-drum swing of Semblance," winds its way through fairly straight-ahead quartet workouts such as the piano-driven Whack!" and the soprano-led Offering" and dabbles in the abstract impressionism of Morning Rain" and Wherewithal." This band, however, is anything but conservative. Scott Robinson's resonating tenor dominates Africana" as he blows ...read more