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by Mark Sullivan
Bassist Bruno Raberg returns with three-quarters of the quartet from last year's acclaimed Hot Box (Orbis Music, 2015). This outing was based on free improvisations (with extensive electronic sound design by Råberg)--it could be seen as an extension of the two collective improvisations on the previous album. No drums this time, just trumpeter Phil Grenadier, saxophonist Allan Chase (playing soprano, alto and baritone saxophones), and the leader's acoustic bass. It is still common to present improvisation sessions in full (or ...read more
by Karl Ackermann
Three-quarters of bassist Bruno Råberg's Hot Box (Orbis Music, 2015) quartet, reunites on an unusual trio recording, For The Unknown. Among the unusual aspects of the album are Råberg, trumpeter Phil Grenadier and saxophonist Allan Chase turning out nineteen free improvisations in just over forty-five minutes, eight of the pieces clocking in at less than two minutes each.Råberg, Grenadier and Chase have been recording together since the bassist's nonet recording Chrysalis (Orbis, 2004) and for the most part, ...read more