Shalosh, Tales of Utopia, ACT ****

Once again Shalosh do not disappoint. And yes it is comforting to land in a jazz trio space that e. s. t. (and even the much missed Phronesis in places) made their own but with the twist of some glorious melodies rooted in folk music and middle …

Published: 6 Oct 2023. Updated: 7 months.

Once again Shalosh do not disappoint. And yes it is comforting to land in a jazz trio space that e. s. t. (and even the much missed Phronesis in places) made their own but with the twist of some glorious melodies rooted in folk music and middle eastern traditions that put their own stamp on their work as added flavour. Israelis Gadi Stern on piano and keyboards, David Michaeli on double bass (a formidable presence on the record who plays a stimulating role that fans of Jasper Høiby will be familiar with) and Matan Assayag on drums here are inspired by works of antiquity whether from the Old Testament or Homer’s Odyssey. And musically the trio, so buoyant and alive throughout (and perfect on a track like 'The Market' for fans of bands like the fine Swiss trio Vein), are all about flow and taking their ideas to places only they know.

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Angelika Niescier, Tomeka Reid, Savannah Harris, Beyond Dragons, Intakt ***1/2

A brutal often exhilarating ride here from a powerful avant trio that on principle refuses to hold back but yet finds plenty to say in what is very often a rollercoaster of a journey. Alto saxophonist Angelika Niescier cooks with the kind of molten …

Published: 6 Oct 2023. Updated: 7 months.

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A brutal often exhilarating ride here from a powerful avant trio that on principle refuses to hold back but yet finds plenty to say in what is very often a rollercoaster of a journey. Alto saxophonist Angelika Niescier cooks with the kind of molten energy you find on a Matana Roberts record while the combination here with cellist Tomeka Reid allows new possibilities tonally. Drummer Savannah Harris provides a lot of free wheeling direction and yet there is lots of control from the kit on a track like 'Risse' that goes inside/outside from a position of tight control to navigate a freer space. Playing Niescier's compositions there's a ruggedness and sense of marauding spirit you just can't fake.