Thursday, 18 April 2013

Mats Eilertsen Trio: Sails set (Hubro)

In 2010 he did the album Elegy with this trio and once again bass player Mats Eilertsen has teamed up with piano player Harmen Fraanje and drummer Thomas Strønen.

The collaboration between Strønen and Eilertsens goes far back and can be heard in groups like Parish and Food. The Dutch piano player Harmen Fraanje is well established on the Dutch jazz scene with several releases on his resume.

The music on this album has been improvised into being in the studio. All three musicians are credited as composers. Their aim is to do improvised melodies, sounds and situations which sound as if they were composed. They succeed in doing so.

The music is laid back and so loose in its structure that the musicians can take turns in leading. Harmen Fraanje often plays off beat – but melodically – so it doesn’t become too messy. Stønen is pacing. Eilertsen controls the middle and guides the two musicians in the direction he wants the music to go.

It’s almost an understated trio album with an organic and vividly expression.  

Review: Niels Overgård. Translation: DSI Swinging Europe.

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