Saturday, October 14, 2006

There have been some interesting bittorrented concerts coming across dimeadozen lately. The Scorch Trio is a Scandinavian avant-garde jazz trio made up of Raoul Bjorkenheim on electric guitar, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten on electric and acoustic bass, and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums and percussion. This band has been getting some attention in the rock press and individual members have recordedd with Ken Vandermark, so I was eager to check them out and downloaded a concert from the Saalfelden Jazz Festival recorded on August 30, 2003. The band turns out to be something of a "power trio" with shades of early John McLaughlin or Sonny Sharrock, as the charge out of the gate with a ferocious exchange of collective improvisation. There's a lengthy spacey interlude in this continuous performance, with bumping and clanging as all of the instruments are used for percussion. Electric bass and drums then lock into a groove and the guitar joins in for a post-modern fusion exploration featuring a bass solo and squeaky guitar comments. After a gentle guitar interlude, the pace picks up and the music develops into a feedback drenched frenzy. All in all, this is an interesting group for fans of adventurouss fusion or indie rock to explore.

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