These jazz and improvisation pioneers have performed together within various ensembles as leaders and members of numerous band aggregations for decades. Yet, pianist Alexander Von Schlippenbach’s Trio has triumphantly withstood the sands of time, spanning four decades. And the artists intuitive performances are in alignment with the stars, here on this comprehensive outing captured live in Bauhaus Dessau, Germany.
The trio’s acutely visualized artistic craftsmanship parallels Germany’s legendary Bauhaus art school, founded in 1919 via multi-phased patterns, sharp trajectories and diametrically opposed choruses. On this 2010 release Evan Parker performs solely on tenor sax, and drummer, percussionist Paul Lovens helps synchronize or decompose the various cadences with remarkable agility. In effect, Lovens lucidly demonstrates his skills and for my money should be counted among the top-five or so, improvisational drummers of all time.
Essentially, the trio bridges the gap between torrential downpours of music, underscored by emotion and passionate colloquies. The musicians execute ascending search and conquer missions, yet temper the flows into deft frameworks, especially noticeable on the 41-minute opener, "Bauhaus 1." Sparked by whirlwind flurries and 360 degree shifts in strategy the musicians inject budding cadenzas while mimicking each other’s moves and intersecting ideas.
The trio prudently tempers the dynamic via meaningful exchanges that mimic the human element. On "Bauhaus 3," Parker and Von Schlippenbach launch the events with warmly modeled choruses. Moreover, Parker’s yearning notes chart a course for a metropolitan-like hustle and bustle vibe, and they finalize the procedures with a whisper. Hence, the audience’s rousing applause sums up and reinforces the impressionable performance, although most advocates of this genre would not foresee anything less from these consummate pros.