Graham Reid | | 1 min read
The duo Treesearch from the US – on the same label 577 Records as the great saxophonist/trumpeter Daniel Carter – are violinist Keir GoGwilt and acoustic bassist Kyle Motl.
They freely improvise and create something very attractive between quite disciplined free jazz, quasi-ethic sounds, bouncing invention and contemporary art music.
There is mostly a poise and constraint here which means that for those on the free jazz spectrum – especially if you came to the idiom in the challenging and inventive Seventies – will sit comfortably at the mid-left of improvised music.
There's a mournful and almost lachrymose Trill by Turn here (the funeral music for some art-house Polish movie perhaps?) alongside more spry and digressive pieces (Halberd Hands which shape-shifts through various moods from impressionism to dance rhythms) some kind of European post-Stockhausen-cum-Seventies German free improve.
Check Flower Bed Flowers for the duo's scope.
Obviously this album will not be for everyone. But those who listen to improvised music, especially on the more contemporary classical end of the playing field, will certainly find much of interest here.
This is the debut album for these young players and it is very promising indeed.
It is not “out there” as so many aggressive European artists have been, but we also bring it to attention for jazz listeners with the recommendation they check out the 577 Records catalogue here.
Not on Spotify but you can get it on vinyl through Southbound Records in Auckland.