Really good. Great textural interplay. Fantastic collaboration by the players... just listened again. Better the second time. It's sculptural, like something solid has been opened up for viewing.
In his trio, Tom Rainey – one of the busiest drummers on the New York scene – has united with two of his closest musical allies. Ingrid Laubrock, the saxophonist extraordinaire who left England for the USA some years ago, causing quite a stir with her own band projects as well as in groups from Anthony Braxton to Mike Reed. Plus Mary Halvorson who in recent years has earned herself a superb reputation as one of the most interesting guitarists in contemporary Jazz and has worked in projects with musicians ranging from John Zorn to Yo La Tengo, as well as with her own groups. Both Laubrock and Halvorson who are also active composers took first places in the DownBeat 2018 Int’l Critics Poll. With these outright individualists Rainey founded his trio in 2009 which now celebrates its tenth anniversary. The album was recorded live in the Firehouse 12 in New Haven, Connecticut, in front of an audience (concert hall and studio at the same time) neither renounc-ing studio quality nor the aura of an audience. David Torn, whom Tom Rainey has known for a long time as a musician and studio specialist, took over the post-production. With Combobulated Rainey takes another giant step into the future.
Mary Halvorson: Guitar
Ingrid Laubrock: Saxophones
Tom Rainey: Drums
Music by Tom Rainey, Mary Halvorson and Ingrid Laubrock. Recorded live at Firehouse 12 on September 15, 2017, by Greg DiCrosta. Mixing, mastering and post production wizardry by David Torn in April 2018. Cover art: Christine Reifenberger. Graphic design: Jonas Schoder. Photos: Peter Purgar and Michelle Ettlin. Liner notes: Christoph Wagner. Produced and published by Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt, Anja Illmaier, Florian Keller, P. O. Box, 8024 Zürich, Switzerland.
Lively compositions served up with perky playing. The string arrangements are amazing. The tones converge and separate in a lovely way. Add in a lil SKKKRRRT from the guitar pedal for some spice. Sure to liven up your day. Dig it! Lord Dubious