'Motian', presumably named for Paul Motian, is brief but completely tantalising from Trio Sin Tiempo's Ritmos de Agua upcoming this summer, the work of pianist Leo Genovese, bassist Mariano Otero and drummer Sergio Verdinelli who form the trio. Readers with very good memories may well recall Genovese from his work on Michael Janisch's Paradigm Shift back in 2015. Or more recently you may remember that the pianist was working with Gilfema's Massimo Biolcati.
As for the trio itself as a unit they released the – let's be completely honest – brilliant, eponymously monikered Sin Tiempo on the Ears & Eyes label in 2020 ludicrously underpublicised at the time of release. Listen to 'Blues' from that record, Genovese for goodness' sake sounding just as in the moment as Gonzalo Rubalcaba was in his pomp. His soloing instinctively leads me to Rubalcaba's door.
'Motian' on this upcoming record was written by the trio's bassist Otero. It's a fine introduction to the record. But go back to the earlier record for even more insights first. We'll bring you more on the new record later in the summer.
Recorded in a Buenos Aires studio in March all the tunes on Ritmos de Agua are originals written by each of the trio apart from 'Penumbra' by Luis Alberto Spinetta, aka "El Flaco" (''the thin one'') a singer, guitarist, poet, writer, composer and considerable icon of Argentine rock whose song that Sin Tiempo interpret appeared on his 1993 album, Fuego gris.
Themed around the subject of water as the title of Ritmos de Agua makes plain the 577 label release in August explores styles such as north-east Argentina's chamamé, the 3/4 dance rhythms of chamarrita from the Rio de la Plata, plus tango and candombe whose roots originate in Africa.