THERE are no rough edges to Rollinson‘s second outing as leader after 1997’s Cause + Effect in a different trio plus guests. The founder of popular ’90s acid jazz band DIG (Directions In Groove) is joined by bassist Jonathan Zwartz and drummer Hamish Stuart, fresh from their work on dual Bell Award-winning album The Sea.
On seven originals, three by the trio and one standard, guitarist Rollinson uses distortion and other pedals to float smooth, fluid layers into an often busy mix including soft lyricism with a reflective feel, some bright, stabbing rock-infused riffs and harder, more emphatic musings. The opening Before is too brief, but closer After is a rich, thick gravy with some deliciously deep rumblings.
File between: Bill Frisell, Stephen Magnusson
Download: White Lion Brow, After
This review was published in the Sunday Herald Sun liftout Play on July 18, 2010
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THERE’S disorder in the house, as Warren Zevon would put it. Shares are falling, temperatures rising and super suddenly not so. At such times music can express our pain (Scott Tinkler’s solo trumpet, perhaps) or soothe our soul.
Robson’s Trio offers a sublime escape. In its second album with this line-up (composer Robson on saxophones and descant recorder, Steve Elphick on double bass and Hamish Stuart on drums), the trio celebrates the freedom of reeds and devotes space and unhurried time to expressing the depth of bass and drums.
Robson displays the resonance, delicate lyricism and robust soulfulness attributed to tenor saxophonist Bennie Wallace, to whom he pays tribute in Big Ben. And his intricate, swinging Lace Work is fitting homage to soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy.
But Robson offers much more than due deference, lovingly exploring variations in melody and tempo with great finesse.
DOWNLOAD: Mata Hari.
FILE BETWEEN: Trio Apoplectic, Zac Hurren Trio
Review by ROGER MITCHELL