A yearning reticence lies at the heart of Echoes, Norwegian pianist Soren Bebe's sixth trio disc. Stark yet beautiful at all times, Echoes follows in the spacious, introverted soundscapes of fellow Danish pianistsTord Gustavsen and the late Esbjorn Svensson.
Neo-classical in structure yet open to the tides, the Bebe written title track leads off Echoes and plants you immediately into the whispery, twilight impressionism that is the pianist's forte. Suggesting images of a swaying, debutante ball, the trioBebe and his equally agile and dexterous bassist Kasper Tagel and drummer Anders Mogensennever leave you cold, simmering with the deceptive intimacy of "Waltz for Steve," the folksy lilt and delicacy of the Bill Evans like "Winx" and Tagel's symmetrical "Homeward."
There's an exquisite balance on display on Echoes. Together since 2007, the trio anticipates each other's leaning in full melodic real-time, as the roughly translated, Danish traditional lullabye "I'm Tired and Off to Bed" attests. Bebe's "Alba" is a romantic delight, its lovely melody rolling along, insisting itself into your consciousness. "Alone" should leave you feeling anything but, while the free-form "New Beginning" allows the trio to have fun with a percussion fueled groove. An album to spend some time with, to forget about the times we're in.
Track Listing: Echoes; Waltz for Steve; Winx; Homeward; Kaerlighedstraet; Jeg; Alba; Alone; New
Beginning; Sospiri; Op.70.
Personnel: Soren Bebe: piano; Kasper Tagel: bass; Anders Mogensen: drums.
Rhythm Abstraction: Azure is the first volume of new compositions created as a follow up to 2018’s
release Rhythm Kaleidoscope. As with that release, Brock Avery improvised drum and percussion
solos. Frank Macchia then composed music for woodwinds and orchestra to Brock’s creations. Azure
is the first of three extended play albums of 6-7 compositions which will be released starting in
January and followed up in April and July. In Azure we have a created a group of pieces that continue
our quest for honoring the art of improvisation with a “stream-of-consciousness” sense of
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