Ab Baars / Meinard Kneer / Bill Elgart: Give No Quarter (2013)
As can be expected from these three experienced and resourceful improvisers this album features a powerful demonstration of true masters at work. The intimate interplay enables the trio to explore varied approaches and dynamics to improvisation. The trio moves organically between structured forms and abstract textures, alternating between consensus and dissent, dissonance and echo, physical, intense, transparent and fragile. Together they explore the timbre qualities of their instruments and these sound- oriented articulations blossom into inspired, poetic dialogues.
All thirteen pieces are credited to the trio, all feature the breadth of its vocabulary and the highly personal sound of each of the three. The trio plays spare blues ("Anacrusis"), intense fiery free jazz ("Give No Quarter," "Specific Gravity"), meditative textures to uncompromising investigations of raw sounds ("Notus"), all performed with natural ease and playful, creative joy. The beautiful, contemplative "Eurus" stresses the trio typical, emphatic interplay. Baars poetic clarinet lines are answered by imaginative arco playing of Kneer and punctuated briefly with gentle touches of Elgart. Baars unconventional exploration of the timbre spectrum of the Japanese shakuhachi flute on the meditative "Zephyrus" and "Borea" challenges Kneer and Elgart to deepen the serene atmosphere.
Beautiful, arresting music.
Track Listing: Anacrusis; Eurus; Give no quarter; Zephyrus; Late preamble; Song for our predecessors; Specific gravity; Notus; Logical consistency; Tale of the bewildered bee; Complementary progress; Fundamental ambush; Boreas.
Personnel: Ab Baars: tenor saxophone, clarinet, shakuhachi; Meinrad Kneer: double bass; Bill Elgart: drums.
Record Label: Evil Rabbit Records