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''I sometimes hear a fiddle play or maybe it's a notion. I dream I see white horses dance upon that other ocean'' – Ralph McTell, 'From Clare to Here' The event release of Sounding Point attempts the impossible and succeeds. Long time avant jazz …

Published: 8 Feb 2021. Updated: 5 months.

''I sometimes hear a fiddle play or maybe it's a notion. I dream I see white horses dance upon that other ocean''

Ralph McTell, 'From Clare to Here'

The event release of Sounding Point attempts the impossible and succeeds. Long time avant jazz fans will need no reminding that violinist Mark Feldman is one of the greatest. Solo violin is no small undertaking even for a player of his rare calibre. Performing mainly his own work plus pieces by Sylvie Courvoisier, his pianist wife and labelmate, and by Ornette Coleman, this latest collection was recorded in a Brooklyn studio last spring and is released by Intakt on Friday.

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What's new in the world of the piano trio? Being released a few days ago is. Not a difficult listen, it's quite light in some ways and very accessible but does not dumb down. Norwegian pianist Eyolf Dale is a virtuoso and this is very much the …

Published: 8 Feb 2021. Updated: 5 months.

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What's new in the world of the piano trio? Being released a few days ago is. Not a difficult listen, it's quite light in some ways and very accessible but does not dumb down. Norwegian pianist Eyolf Dale is a virtuoso and this is very much the leader's record rather than the band's or so it seems until you venture further in. Landing in chamber-jazz containing a slightly optimistic air (for instance on 'Northern Brewer') the sound should appeal to anyone into the Swede Jan Lundgren. 'Behind 315' however is darker and more experimental and where Being gets more interesting. My admiration for the record increased the more I listened but I still am not blown away. With Dale are Per Zanussi on double bass + reliably ethereal saw; and Audun Kleive – on drums. Pick of the tracks? 'The Pondering.' On Edition