Scare quotes / Tim Stevens Trio
The band's primary objectives remain the development of a distinctive ensemble sound, with the personalities of its three members featured equally (and each in its own character), and the further elaboration of the interplay that has identified it thus far. The co-composition that takes place not only within the spontaneous improvisations but also through the exploration of the written forms is a hallmark of the band. Beck's drumming in 'Lu-bird', for example, where he has isolated melodic motives from the head and uses them as central elements in his contribution, is a structurally conscious demonstration of his extraordinary musicality. Robertson's improvisations - dextrous, ambitious and always melodic - on the written tunes, extend upon his matchless work in accompaniment, where his harmonic understanding and rhythmic invention allow him to cast a breathtaking range of shades and colours over the material provided by Stevens. And compositionally Stevens refuses to sit still; the level of concentration in the material, and the discretion with which it is developed, signal his continued evolution.
Duration: 67 min.
Contents note: 1. Awaiting Ben (2.40), 2. Lu-bird (9.06), 3. Wiseband and huff (6.33), 4, Th Armstrong chair (5.06), 5. Dances with Jimmy (5.22), 6. Initiatrix (6.00), 7. Two secrets (6.06), 8. Bluesosphere blogs (6.29), 9. Letters, diaries (5.53), 10. Opinion fear (5.27), 11. Genericana (8.32)
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