263

Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky / Michael Griener: The Salmon

Nic Jones By

Sign in to view read count
Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky / Michael Griener: The Salmon The Salmon is one of those rare instances in which first impressions don't lie. The first run-through of this program revealed highly energized music that nevertheless managed to retain its clarity of both focus and purpose. Subsequent listening has added depth and substance to that impression, and also lent more weight to the overall impression that this just might be one of the Intakt label's best years ever.

Reed player and flautist Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky has been on the European free scene for decades now, and he brings that wealth of playing experience to bear here. Drummer Michael Griener is a new name to this reviewer, which is a sad reflection only of the reviewer's awareness. He's one of those drummers for whom no detail seems to pass unnoticed. "Salmon No. 2" exemplifies this, not least in the way he shades Petrowsky's minimal alto sax lines, which at moments come on like an amalgam of Anthony Braxton and Lee Konitz; his dry, slightly acidic tone bears the comparison out, but his rhythmic vocabulary is all his own.



He applies that vocabulary most readily on "Salmon No. 7," where his agitated, broken phrasing provokes from Griener not similar agitation, but rather a kind of rolling, perpetually moving rhythmic accompaniment that calls to mind the work of British drummer Tony Oxley.  When they reach a more immediate level of coalescence, the music rolls and boils in the same manner as it does elsewhere in this program, but the effect is of music which still retains its clarity of purpose. This is a duo that never falls into the trap of playing for the sake of playing, and that's no small blessing.



The following "Salmon No. 8" calls to mind the line-up of the British group AMM that consisted of drummer Eddie Prevost and tenor saxophonist Lou Gare, in the use of space and near-silence as integral parts of their dialogue. The results are equally compelling, especially when Petrowsky dwells in the upper end of his alto range, holding notes and squeezing out minimal tones even while Griener builds up a momentum.



Even in the midst of that seeming dichotomy, the duo retains its deep empathy and listening ability, offering as potent a statement as any in favor of musicians improvising freely in real time.


Track Listing: Salmon No. 1; Salmon No. 2; Salmon No. 3; Salmon No. 4; Salmon No. 5; Salmon No. 6; Salmon No. 7; Salmon No. 8; Salmon No. 9; Salmon No. 10; Salmon No. 11.

Personnel: Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky: alto sax, clarinets, flute; Michael Griener: drums.

Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: Intakt Records | Style: Free Improv/Avant-Garde


Shop

More Articles

Read Road to Forever CD/LP/Track Review Road to Forever
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Avenida Graham CD/LP/Track Review Avenida Graham
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 27, 2017
Read TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2) CD/LP/Track Review TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2)
by Nicola Negri
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Goat Man & The House of the Dead CD/LP/Track Review Goat Man & The House of the Dead
by Dave Wayne
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by James Nadal
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read "Voyager" CD/LP/Track Review Voyager
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: February 29, 2016
Read "Meditations on Freedom" CD/LP/Track Review Meditations on Freedom
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: January 16, 2017
Read "No White Shoes" CD/LP/Track Review No White Shoes
by Mark Sullivan
Published: March 28, 2016
Read "Taylor Street" CD/LP/Track Review Taylor Street
by Roger Farbey
Published: November 3, 2016
Read "Everyone Is Everyone Else" CD/LP/Track Review Everyone Is Everyone Else
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 13, 2016
Read "The Soul Jazz Beat Vol. 2" CD/LP/Track Review The Soul Jazz Beat Vol. 2
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: July 20, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!