Sunday, November 17, 2019

Dan Phillips Trio – Sound Energy In Space (2019)

Dan Phillips Trio

Dan Phillips - guitar
Krzysztof Pabian - double bass
Timothy Daisy - drums

Sound Energy In Space

LIZARD BREATH 755491136904




By Adam Baruch

This is the sixth album by American guitarist/composer Dan Phillips and his trio with Polish (resident in US) bassist Krzysztof Pabian and American drummer Timothy Daisy. It presents ten original compositions, nine by Phillips and one co-composed by Phillips and Pabian.

The music is consistent with earlier recordings by the trio, presenting modern Jazz with some Fusion undertones and a lot of open space, which allows the musicians to express themselves extensively. Daisy's presence opened a lot of new possibilities for the trio's overall musical scope, as he is equally competent playing almost straightforward/swinging rhythms and free improvisation with the same ease and elegance.

Fabian, as always, is the backbone of this music and his steady and beautifully rounded pulsations keep the music together. Phillips' clean guitar tone and excellent technique create a barrage of notes which are all perfectly audible. Although not stated on the album's artwork, some of the tracks feature electronically generated "white noise", which most probably refers to the album's title and which I could easily live without.

Overall this is a nice album, which guitar and Free Jazz fans should be able to enjoy in the same way as all earlier recordings by this trio. However in the great scheme of things it seems like the trio is somewhat stuck in the same space-time coordinates and even the change of the drummer didn't manage to create enough momentum to make it move forward in any direction. Of course this does not negate some fine playing present herein.


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