Album Remarks & Appraisals:
All About Jazz - Bruce Lindsay
As the pile of talented and exciting piano trios continues to grow ever higher, it takes a very talented and exciting threesome to rise to the top and stay there. Enter Phronesis. Up on the peak with its third album - the award-winning Alive (Edition Records, 2010), Jazz Album Of The Year in both Jazzwise and Mojo magazines - the trio is emphatically still there with album number four, Walking Dark.
Danish bassist Jasper Høiby leads the band, which he formed in 2005 after moving to London. On Walking Dark he's joined by British pianist Ivo Neame and Swedish drummer Anton Eger. If the term piano trio suggests a dominant instrument or musician, then it's the wrong description for Phronesis. Like its European counterparts Michael Wollny's [em] or the Kit Downes Trio, no one musical personality overwhelms the others. All three musicians make dynamic, creative contributions to the sound as well as to the writing.
Eger wasn't available for Alive so Mark Guiliana was on drums. Guiliana was a key part of the album's success, matching Eger's lightness of touch and ability to use the entire drum kit to full advantage. Eger is more playful, frenetic and unpredictable than Guiliana, bringing an added edge to the overall sound - Høiby's gentle "Eight Hours," which appears on both albums, allows a direct comparison of the two players' styles. ... read more...
Mojo (Publisher) (p.92) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[F]or all the intricacy of the music -- the cross-rhythms, the harmonic colours and dynamic textures -- there's an immediacy, a clarity of intent and execution that mainlines their music into the imagination of the listener."
Personnel: Ivo Neame (piano); Jasper Hoiby (double bass); Anton Eger (drums).
Audio Mixer: August Wanngren.
Recording information: The Village Recording Studio, Copenhagen, Denmark (11/02/2011-11/04/2011).
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