Really good. Great textural interplay. Fantastic collaboration by the players... just listened again. Better the second time. It's sculptural, like something solid has been opened up for viewing.
In his trio, Tom Rainey – one of the busiest drummers on the New
York scene – has united with two of his closest musical allies. Ingrid
Laubrock, the saxophonist extraordinaire who left England for the
USA some years ago, causing quite a stir with her own band projects
as well as in groups from Anthony Braxton to Mike Reed. Plus
Mary Halvorson who in recent years has earned herself a superb
reputation as one of the most interesting guitarists in contemporary
Jazz and has worked in projects with musicians ranging from
John Zorn to Yo La Tengo, as well as with her own groups. Both
Laubrock and Halvorson who are also active composers took first
places in the DownBeat 2018 Int’l Critics Poll. With these outright
individualists Rainey founded his trio in 2009 which now celebrates
its tenth anniversary.
The album was recorded live in the Firehouse 12 in New Haven,
Connecticut, in front of an audience (concert hall and studio at the
same time) neither renounc-ing studio quality nor the aura of an
audience. David Torn, whom Tom Rainey has known for a long time
as a musician and studio specialist, took over the post-production.
With Combobulated Rainey takes another giant step into the future.
released February 8, 2019
Mary Halvorson: Guitar
Ingrid Laubrock: Saxophones
Tom Rainey: Drums
Music by Tom Rainey, Mary Halvorson and Ingrid Laubrock.
Recorded live at Firehouse 12 on September 15, 2017, by Greg
DiCrosta. Mixing, mastering and post production wizardry by David
Torn in April 2018. Cover art: Christine Reifenberger. Graphic
design: Jonas Schoder. Photos: Peter Purgar and Michelle Ettlin.
Liner notes: Christoph Wagner. Produced and published by Intakt
Records, Patrik Landolt, Anja Illmaier, Florian Keller, P. O. Box 468,
8024 Zürich, Switzerland.