Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Frode Gjerstad Trio +1 - Forgotten City [PNL Records 050]

Put on the circuit via  Paal Nilssen-Love's very own PNL Records imprint on June 12th, 2k20 is "Forgotten City" which sees the label founder and head honcho once again join in with Frode Gjerstad to form the Frode Gjerstad Trio which, as a surprise, features both double bass players who've served time in the group previously - Øyvind Storesund and Jon Rune Strøm - and hence resulting in a +1 a.k.a. more double bass action. Laying down four tracks within a total 51 minutes the four artists present their vision of FreeJazz / Improv in a relatively restricted manner with stripped down, somewhat constrained motion and temper throughout the opener "Dead Trees In The Park", weighs in a classy, well surprising take on minimalist FutureJazz in "Cracked Sidewalls" whilst "Cars Up On Blocks" reveals a somewhat playful, explorative, naturalistic and partly even frolicking, yet tender take on the extended trios musical pathway with before "Cheaply Built Bungalows" finally unleashes some of the raw, untamed Free Jazz power one would expect from a PNL Records release for a reason even without going all wild, loose and all in. Surprising, deep and quite captivating. Therefore recommended.

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