Friday, January 16, 2015

The Ames Room - Struggling In Public (Norwegianism Records, 2014)

The Ames Room is a powerful free jazz trio made up of Jean-Luc Guionnet on alto saxophone, Clayton Thomas on bass and Will Guthrie on drums. This album consists of four tracks recorded live in different cities from 2011 - 2014. It is a powerful statement not only of the bands prowess and control of a wide open form of music but their empathy for each other. "Theatre Kapelle" was recorded in Berlin in 2011 and it a short burt of energy music that cuts off abruptly as if the band had spontaneously combusted. "The North Terrace" recorded in Newcastle in 2013 is another relatively short performance and they act as palette cleansers for the music longer tracks like the 20 minute + epic "Cafe Oto" which was recorded at that legendary venue in 2013. This trio has no fear and they are able to spool this lengthy performance with little thought of anything but playing completely in the moment. The closing "Le Rigoletto" from Paris in 2013 is the same way developing a truly collective improvisation where each member of the band is truly free to introduce ideas that allow the music to progress ever further. This band has flown below the radar for several years now and hopefully this fine album will win them some much needed attention. Struggling In Public - Bandcamp

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