Thursday, November 25, 2010

Scorch Trio - Melaza (Rune Grammofon, 2010)

As can be inferred by their name, The Scorch Trio is a high energy improvisational jazz band that touches of fusion, rock ‘n’ roll and free jazz. Consisting of Raoul Bjorkenheim on guitar, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass and new member Frank Rosaly on drums and percussion, the group mixes high energy blowouts with abstract soundscapes to create a compelling blend of music. Taking their titles on this album from Puerto Rican slang terms, the music is equally spicy, leading off with “Relajo” and “Bambalan” which kick things into high gear with lean trio playing, sounding something like a post-modern update of the Tonly Williams Lifetime with strong and fierce intricate playing for all three members. “Orita” and “Raitru” slow the pace down considerably, taking long tones of guitar and bowed bass over skittering percussion. It all comes together on the final performance, “Iesnu!” which develops patiently like a slow building fire and then goes into overdrive with a storming collective improvisation. Fans of electric jazz like Nels Cline's recent work will find a lot to enjoy here as the band is tight as a whip throughout. Rosalay is an excellent addition and he heaps many rhythms upon the proceedings. Melaza -

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