Everything springs from the writing: Our favourite piano trio discovery in recent years - Personal Belongings two years ago switched on an electric light inside - the paradox of that metaphor does not escape us even if part of the magic here is the doggedly acoustic sense the trio bring to their interplay.
Take the way the double bass is recorded on 'Song No 2' so soft, tactile and so very mobile that lifts its power to communicate. You would swear that it's possible to reach out and touch the strings given the clarity of the beat. Pianist Omer Klein is once again with bassist Haggai Cohen-Milo and drummer Amir Bresler. Tunes are by Klein and their strength is really why Life & Fire works so well. There's a Brubeckian sense to the hop of '3/4 Mantra', a folkloric skip to 'Tzuri' and springy jump to 'Cantando' that all proves so rewarding. 'Niggun' labours a bit too much (the only downside) but the ringing joy you get on the hugely melodic 'Spilt Milk' more than makes amends. 'Malchut' at the end is when Klein is at his loosest and reminds me here of Aaron Goldberg at his most joyful with the Yes trio.
- Personal Belongings - 2021