Trygve Seim/Andreas Utnem: Purcor; Songs for Saxophone and Piano (ECM/Ode)

 |   |  <1 min read

Siem/Utnem: Bhavana
Trygve Seim/Andreas Utnem: Purcor; Songs for Saxophone and Piano (ECM/Ode)

On a blindfold test -- "What record label is this on?" -- my money would be on greater than 90 percent of music-aware Elsewhere people saying immediately "ECM", and about half of those left over making an inspired guess and saying the same.

Much as this is all things which its oddly under-claiming promo makes for it ("a thoughtful and reflective album, of great charm" seems sensibly modest), this is an album which is no more than what it is: a saxophonst and a piano player (sometimes Utnem shifts to harmonium) just quietly improvising in a studio on very short pieces which sometimes draw on Norwegian folks songs but are mostly slight dialogues which seem to imply greater gravitas and depth by being slow and reflective.

Hmmm. 

Their reconsideration of Seim's Bhavana is the standout, and Pater Noster is a lovely, reflective piece  -- but then most of them are, which means little separates itself from the pack. 

This is a generic ECM album which will just float past in the ether, and you will be no wiser, inspired or better for having heard it than the old chums were in making it.

Disappointing, especially given this is their first duet outing in more than a decade together.

Want better? Then try this.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Jazz at Elsewhere articles index

Jane Ira Bloom/Allison Miller: Tues Days (Outline/bandcamp)

Jane Ira Bloom/Allison Miller: Tues Days (Outline/bandcamp)

On five consecutive Tuesdays in March and April, New York soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom (who has appeared a few times at Elsewhere) and drummer Allison Miller got together in their respective... > Read more

Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette: Yesterdays (ECM/Ode)

Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette: Yesterdays (ECM/Ode)

Arguably the greatest working jazz trio in the world today, pianist Jarrett, bassist Peacock and drummer DeJohnette once more look back for source material while remaining utterly contemporary in... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

EPs by Yasmin Brown

EPs by Yasmin Brown

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column by the informed and opinionated Yasmin Brown. She will scoop up some of those many EP... > Read more

Kurt Cobain: Gun, head and Smithereens.

Kurt Cobain: Gun, head and Smithereens.

As with most people of a "certain age" I can remember where I was when I heard John F Kennedy had been shot ( I was in bed), and when I was told another Kennedy had gone the way of the... > Read more