Wednesday, April 8, 2015

TOM Trio - Radical Moves (ForTune, 2014) ****

By Stef
Almost two years ago, Tom Trio released its debut album, launched with great acclaim in Poland and abroad. The trio is led by Tomasz Dąbrowski on trumpet, with Nils Bo Davidsen on bass and Anders Mogensen on drums, both from Denmark, the country where Dąbrowski  actually resides.

Like on his previous album, the musicianship is phenomenal as is the interplay between the three band members. All compositions are by Dąbrowski, quite open themes and structures which allow for enhanced space for improvisation.

The music is real modern jazz, inventive and clever, but not free jazz at all, and definitely not as "radical" as the album's title might suggest, with short and compact pieces, around four minutes long, which forces the musicians to keep the focus and the intensity on the core material.

Dąbrowski's tone is soft and warm, and with the exception on one improvisation on the opening track, not much extended techniques are used, but that's not the point either. The real strength of the album lies with the strong musicianship and wonderful fluidity of the interaction, which by itself makes this an album worthy of consideration.

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