Martin Blume / Tobias Delius / Achim Kaufmann / Dieter Manderscheid: Frames & TerrainsBy
Delius essays a stream of false fingered notes which are never confined in pitch and veer off in all sorts of choked snuffles, plaintive bleats and generally unexpected tangents. Kaufmann excels at being almost as off center, his chording and asymmetric lines evoking rows of glistening shards. But amid the wayward impulse, they also hit upon reiterated phrases which they bat back and forth in striking conjunctions. Keeping the proceedings towards the free jazz end of the continuum, bassist Dieter Manderscheid punctuates with keen commentary, while drummer Martin Blume lightly demarcates an often shuffling momentum. Both however switch effortlessly between pulse and coloration.
The continuous performance, divided onto two side long cuts, starts in the unhurried conversational mode which predominates. Although tenor saxophone and piano grab the ear, it's a four way exchange. Lovely restrained interplay abounds, absorbing without being overly cerebral and energetic without being strident. One of the pleasures lies in listening to how the spotlights shifts around the group from moment to moment, who leads and who supports. Highlights include the passage for clarinet, arco bass and percussion in which Manderscheid's darkly abrasive bowing matches Delius' arresting cries, and the dashing angular piano trio, eventually joined by tenor saxophone for a demonstrative and celebratory conclusion.
It's a superior demonstration of the art of the unfettered imagination.
Frames & Terrains (Part I); Frames & Terrains (Part II).
Martin Blume: drums, percussion; Tobias Delius: tenor saxophone, clarinet; Achim Kaufmann: piano; Dieter Manderscheid: bass.
Title: Frames & Terrains | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: NoBusiness Records
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