Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

7

Martin Fabricius Trio: Out of the White

Budd Kopman By

Sign in to view read count
The opening sounds of the title track of Out of the White herald that this is going to be something different. Electronic sounds begin the track, but closer listening reveals that these are being made ingeniously by Martin Fabricius' vibes. Bassist Christian Hougaard Nielsen enters, stating the theme supported by the quasi-electronic vibe sounds. Fabricius takes over to recap the theme now as a recognizable vibraphonist. At the turnaround, Mathias Heise adds his harmonica to the mix, eventually with drummer Jacob Hatholt setting up an unexpected lilting world-rhythm aided by Neff Irizarry's perfect comping. "Out of the White" turns out to imply sand, not snow.

All of the above happens within the first ninety seconds, completely overturning any preconceived notions about what a Danish trio (with guests) is going to sound like. Fabricius has known Hougaard and Irizarry since the nineties, Heise for the last eight years and Hatholt has been in the trio since 2011. Thus, his band knows his particular musical personality and brand of composition. Each tune (all written by Fabricius) tells its own story and has its own sound, but the album most decidedly has a unifying style.

Each musician is a virtuoso in his own right, with the sound produced when all are playing extremely attractive and ingratiating. No lead instrument is played in a conventional manner, especially Fabricius, who many times uses extreme sustain to envelop the other players with a shimmering curtain of sound.

The set is made up nine five to six minute vignettes, little stories that are internally consistent, yet which are quite different from one another, changing moods in unexpected ways. Each creates its own sound world; each builds in intensity, changing the space, only to recede.

What is this music? The sound of a harmonica always has a French feel, and many of the rhythms created are vaguely of "world music" (but the band can lay down a very cool swing as in "Brother Pine"). Fabricius produces as many sounds from the vibes as he does melodic lines, and the arrangements many times evoke the happy/sad feeling of a Fellini film.

After taking us on a trip through eight musical stories, Out of the White ends with "A New Beginning" which belongs in Big Sky country of the American West, just the place to complete the journey.

Ending with a piece which paints a very clear picture of open space is emblematic of what Fabricius and his band has achieved: telling stories which create large spaces within individually unique musical miniatures.

The effect is very refreshing and joyous, with excitement created without pyrotechnics, but by the use of exquisite control within a feeling of freedom.

Track Listing: Out of the White; Bill's Will; Dear Anne; Homecoming; Brother Pine; Song Returned; Now You See It; Firedance; A New Beginning.

Personnel: Martin Fabricius: vibraphone; Christian Hougaard: double bass; Jacob Hatholt: drums; Mathias Heise: harmonica; Neff Irizarry: guitar.

Title: Out of the White | Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: Gateway Music

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read Fred Hersch Trio '97 @ The Village Vanguard CD/LP/Track Review
Fred Hersch Trio '97 @ The Village Vanguard
by Doug Collette
Published: December 13, 2018
Read The Forest from Above CD/LP/Track Review
The Forest from Above
by John Eyles
Published: December 13, 2018
Read Imaginary Band CD/LP/Track Review
Imaginary Band
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 13, 2018
Read Night CD/LP/Track Review
Night
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: December 13, 2018
Read An Ayler Xmas Volume 2 CD/LP/Track Review
An Ayler Xmas Volume 2
by Mark Corroto
Published: December 13, 2018
Read I Always Knew CD/LP/Track Review
I Always Knew
by Paul Rauch
Published: December 12, 2018
Read "Obsidian" CD/LP/Track Review Obsidian
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 3, 2018
Read "Marshian Time Slip" CD/LP/Track Review Marshian Time Slip
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: September 18, 2018
Read "Live @ Savanna Jazz" CD/LP/Track Review Live @ Savanna Jazz
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 29, 2018
Read "Something About Rainbows" CD/LP/Track Review Something About Rainbows
by Roger Farbey
Published: November 24, 2018
Read "Ragas on Saxophone" CD/LP/Track Review Ragas on Saxophone
by Geno Thackara
Published: February 15, 2018
Read "Passages" CD/LP/Track Review Passages
by Don Phipps
Published: October 16, 2018