- Date: Wednesday, 22 July 2009, 8pm
- Venue: The Ellington Jazz Club — 191 Beaufort Street, Northbridge, Perth, WA
- Tickets: $15-$7 — Tickets can be purchased online
Sydney based Trio Apoplectic demonstrates with remarkable consistency that it is possible to sound contemporary - freshly minted in fact - play freely interactive improvisation, and create pure melody.
The pellucid sound of Dave Jackson's alto saxophone has been likened to that of Paul Desmond of Dave Brubeck Quartet fame, but the differences are as interesting as the points in common. Playing them in juxtaposition only accentuates the distinctiveness of Jackson's contemporary voice. What they share is an ability to avoid licks and develop freely running ideas in lines that unfold almost like Bach, with atmospheric echoes of Debussy.
Bassist Abel Cross and drummer Alex Masso can accompany these flights immaculately and discreetly, but even in this role they are part of a free three-way dialogue that is completely engrossing. Bass and drums are so melodic and tonally beautiful that they can move seamlessly into the foreground with no loss of intensity and feeling. The trio can swing lightly, blithely, but with a mounting intensity, and they can create fields of limpid beauty. This aspect is very much to the fore on Sofia, their new CD.
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