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This unique, ad-hoc trio features Belgian master pianist Fred Van Hove, one of the architects of European free improvised music and close collaborator of influential European improvisers such as German reed man Peter Brötzmann, late bassist Peter Kowald, Dutch drummer Han Bennink, fellow countryman and double bassist (and sculptor) Peter Jacquemyn. Both of them rarely recorded in recent years with prolific American double bassist Damon Smith, who initiated this meeting and is influenced by the European approach to free improvisation.
The three dense and conversational improvisations were recorded in L'Archiduc art gallery in Brussels on Easter Sunday, 2008. The date of the recording may have inspired Van Hove to introduce bluesy-church-like resonance to the piano, mainly on the first 27-minutes of improvisation. Smith (mixed intro the the right channel) and Jacquemyn (on the left channel) solidify the flowing energetic and intense approach with highly physical playing, both with the bow and pizzicato, enjoying to contrast and challenge each other.
The second, 10-minute improvisation, is a relaxed interlude compared to the first or the the last improvisation. The third one, a wild tough slow burning 35-minute sonic journey led by Van Hove with eccentric accordion playing and later on the piano and Jacquemyn, who adds overtones and growls, with Smith intensifying this associative and super fast interplay with masterful, extensive usage of extended techniques and continuous madcap energy. This improvisation brings to mind the early FMP label albums that were the first ones to introduced similar, tough and uncompromising approach to free improvisation.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com