CD: Arild Andersen/Vassilis Tsabropoulos/John Marshall 'The Triangle', Guardian

The Guardian 5 March 2004.

27/04/2004 ::  

Most acoustic jazz piano trios make the keyboard the central focus. In this one, it's the remarkable double-bass playing of the Norwegian Arild Andersen - a virtuoso who can make a plucked note sound as if it might last forever. His musical awareness imparts logic and grace to both his own contributions and the ensemble sound of his group. Triangle is more animated and alert than its more ruminative predecessor Achirana. A few of the pieces have unexpectedly direct grooves and catchy hooks, several are romantic, broken-chord drifters echoed by abstract percussion-rustles, but the sunset-glow of Andersen's bass warms everything - and if the 'prevailing atmosphere is still one of thoughtful chamberjazz, the Keith Jarrett-like sprint on the uptempo Lines is an exhilarating exception.

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