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Jazz Jantar 2017

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Once again, as a result of comparison, the normally free-wheelin' Life And Other Transient Storms, the Silva ensemble, ended up sounding almost traditionally restful, even though they too were inhabiting the outer mist-swirls of jazz improvisation. Silva was partnered by the Danish saxophonist Lotte Anker, out at the front, but the piano/bass/drums rear guard are also important to the group spread, of course. Anker and Silva's horns were closely entangled for much of the journey, pausing and cultivating careful spaces in-between their slow-motion confrontation. It was the first time that your scribe has witnessed anyone bowing a tenor saxophone, as Anker stroked horsehair along her bell-lip. Could we even hear this, or was it part of the subliminal spread? She continued to blow into strange orifices of her horn, getting flute-ey on saxophone. At times, there might have been a touch too much amorphous garnishing, and not enough Polish meat'n'potatoes, but a rousing trumpet and alto fanfare attained the required climax, following around 45 minutes of steadily coalescing substance.

Photo Credit: Paweł Wyszomirski

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