Trespass Trio + Joe McPhee – Human Encore (CF 269)
Sweden-based Trespass Trio aligns with American improvising legend Joe McPhee for a live set, recorded 2012 at Salao Brazil. The artists’ camaraderie, gamesmanship, and intuitive synergy become quite evident from the onset. From a holistic perspective, the band’s rugged approach balances a prevalent degree of experimentation with familiar modern jazz terrain. Indeed, an audience-pleaser; even by free jazz conventions, the players render a cornucopia of disparate angles and propositions.
“A Different Kodo” is immersed in a free-bop modality. Drummer Raymond Strid kicks it off with a bristling groove, followed by Martin Kuchen’s serrated alto saxophone lines within a sparse framework. McPhee chimes in with his pocket trumpet and tears apart the upper-registers with brazen choruses, as the band tightens the loop and steps inward. Edgy, yet executed with heartfelt enthusiasm, bassist Per Zanussi proceeds to open up the spatial characteristics with a fast-paced and nimbly articulated solo spot. He creates a sense of loneliness, but the ensemble sneaks back in and closes out on a temperate note. Essentially, the musicians bequeath a highly artistic set of values to exploration and adventurism, shrewdly countered by some lighter moments. No doubt, it’s the complete package.