“You are gonna love this quartet“, writes American journalist Kevin Whitehead. „This quartet was preceded by 'the Starlight trio' of the Berlin players Christian Lillinger, Petter Eldh and Wanja Slavin, but Peter Evans is obviously a full partner in a new band. He brought some prime material, and shows uncanny range. His improvising is airy and abstract, tuneful, and tinged with the blues. His lines and Slavin’s can be disarmingly lovely; the blend is bright and fizzy.
The rhythm section is earth to their air: the nutty precision of abstract beat music echoes in Eldh’s eloquent stutters and way of covering highs and lows in a single line, and in Lillinger’s clarity at high speed; his sticks on snare can sound like dried peas poured on a metal sheet, every stroke distinct.
Yeah, they’re all great, but this music is about how they come together, showing creative tradition some crazy love: amour run amok. (Kevin Whitehead, Liner notes)
released May 19, 2017
Christian Lillinger: Drums
Petter Eldh: Bass
Wanja Slavin: Saxophone
Peter Evans: Trumpet
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Mary Halvorson's compositions make my head spin. As is so often the case with her work, here, she continues to twist and subvert conventional notions of melody and modality.
Her own playing is astonishingly deft, and the arrangements complex and inventive.
But there is a warmth here, too; a playful of spirit, a restlessness to continue to change and connect in new ways.
Halvorson isn't just a jazz innovator, she's fast becoming one of of the giants of new music. Michael Mueller