- All These Things ::
There is an instant rapport evident in the free improvisations of this NY trio.
With the apparent quality of this group heavy in the bass register, this music
was a gutsy freshness all its own. Nearly 3 years of regular Saturday morning
rehearsals produces a sweet sensitivity in the musical examples of their sophisticated
spontaneity. This CD is fun to listen to, and sometimes funny! It does remind
me a little of the cartoon soundtracks that they were missing by rehearsing every
Saturday morning. Smell of coffee, big smile, good stuff! Recommended.
The Improviser, Vol.
Free improvisation with a difference. Take a look at the instrumentation.
The preponderance of bass reed instruments create a music thats
like a lumbering beast lurching forward in fits and starts.
The approach is mostly conversational and it's obious these
three have been playing together for some time. Their textual
mesh is intricately woven and at time bassoon and cello or bassoon
and bass clarinet will merge into one instrument. But their
approach is tnot merely textural. "Something You Are" is a study
in tense edgy rhythms. "Fugalities" deals with three
interweaving lines that seem to expand and contract through
glissandi played by the cello. Trigger have arrived at a very
unique synthesis. The formula of three rarely heard instruments
played by three very listening musicians opens up some new possibilities.
Cadchee, December 1993
Trigger is comprised of some icons of the underground/improv
scene. Paul Hoskin (cello & banjo), Fred Lonberg-Holm (contrabass,
bass clarinet & e-flat clarinet), & Leslie Ross (bassoon,
chinese shawms & musette). Those with "freedom"
in their blood will SUCK this UP! Listeners who don't enjoy
music (yes, it IS music, despite it's roving tendencies - ya'just
have to LISTEN a little faster) that has some challenge will
NOT care for this; but, (most) readers of THIS 'zine will (just)
HAVE to have it! There are sections that remind me strongly
of pieces I've heard LaDonna Smith do, though this seems to
have more lower-end (i.e., bass) involved... assume that's due
to the "Hoskin" factor. Any way you look at it (or
listen to it), this merits a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for those with
curiosity in their blood.
Rotcod Zzaj, Improvijazzation