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John Cratchley When you consider how many decades these three masters have been making music together (4 and counting?)I guess what you end up listening to (from release to release) is an interrupted ongoing conversation...the type that any three old friends might engage need to set a context (it already exists),no need for pleasantries or platitudes (they already know each other's foibles by heart)...a sort of personal 'shorthand' that dispenses with formal introduction...they just get on with essential communication;they take risks that only old friends might take (ignoring anything offensive...that 'preciousness' was all dealt with decades ago) and they tell each other only the musical truth...such musical relationships can sometimes make the listener feel like a voyeur...I just hope they don't mind me overhearing their conversation...a silent witness to that truth.

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Feature 1 02:10
Feature 2 03:26
Feature 3 04:00
Feature 4 05:38
Feature 5 03:15
Feature 6 04:31
Feature 7 05:14
Feature 8 03:29
Feature 9 02:23
Feature 10 08:19
Feature 11 04:16
Feature 12 02:43
Feature 13 05:21
Feature 14 03:59
Feature 15 02:57


Intakt CD 250

Features – characteristics, qualities, peculiarities. The title of this album was chosen with care. These recordings reveal both the fundamental nature and the diversity of this trio. Let's call it a 'preliminary résumé' then, or an 'interim report'. At any rate the range of musical expression the trio have achieved so far is demonstrated here – with poise, verve, maturity and wisdom.

What it features: a fully evolved language of sonic and rhythmic forms continually refined over the years in shared process of improvisation; its finest details are illuminated here.

The performers: three musicians who have worked together as a trio for around forty-five (!) years, constantly striving via the process of spontaneous playing to develop something which will be perceived as essential and important, possessing a 'valid' quality despite its transient existence.

The spectrum of the recordings ranges from furore to elegy. It extends from energetic, forward-thrusting pieces via cool, calm, ambling passages and ballad moods to submersion in sound, in silence.

The trio's magic chemistry is founded on years of working together, both on intuitive listening and interaction – the ability to respond in an instant – andon the match between their characters, each adding to the whole as well as challenging each other – a stroke of fortune. Alexander von Schlippenbach likes to talk about the 'impetus of music making'. Impetus means drive, initiative, force, momentum, temperament. Three 'travelling fellows' on a Winterreise. The motto is: never stay still, keep refining the music, working on the details, the current, the inner strength, so that the result is the greatest joy and clarity possible.



released February 10, 2015

Alexander von Schlippenbach: Piano
Evan Parker: Saxophones
Paul Lovens: Drums

Music by Alexander von Schlippenbach, Evan Parker and Paul Lovens, except Feature 1 by Alexander von Schlippenbach. Recorded December 11, 12, 2013, by Martin Pearson for Radio SRF and Intakt Records at Radiostudio Zürich. Mixed and mastered by Martin Pearson. Graphic design: Jonas Schoder. Photo: Caroline Forbes. Liner notes: Bert Noglik. Produced and published by Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt


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