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An international trio bringing together Polish saxophonist Mikolaj Trzaska with Brits Olie Brice on bass and Mark Sanders on drums, passionate free improvisation in an Ayler/Brotzmann vein, in 8 absorbing and concise pieces recorded in the studio.

Riverloam Trio
Inem Gortn

Riverloam Trio: Inem Gortn (FMR)

Label: FMR    
Released in: Great Britain    

"After an impressive eponymous live debut, the Anglo Polish Riverloam Trio, comprising reedman Mikolaj Trzaska, bassist Olie Brice and drummer Mark Sanders, enter the studio for their follow up outing. In many ways they deliver more of the same: fiery free improvisation in post-Ayler mode. As a threesome they are perfectly matched both temperamentally and musically. If anything their colloquy convinces as even more egalitarian this time out, with Brice stepping into the limelight increasingly frequently, in what is essentially a product of ensemble interaction, where solos are quickly reabsorbed into the overall fabric.

Trzaska's throaty alto saxophone cries clearly draw inspiration from the towering example of German reed iconoclast Peter Brotzmann. Tonal distortion constitutes an integral part of his armory and his impassioned oratory, in which he worries at reiterated phrases while seeking the next move to pursue, packs a sturdy emotional heft. His efforts garner solid support from Brice whose bass throb grounds the threeway interplay but also springs into resonant counterpoint at the slightest excuse. Sanders musters drive through an inventive litany of rolls, cymbal splashes, pulse, and timbral color, without ever suggesting anything which could be demarcated into meter.

Recognizing the value and effect of silence remains one of the unit's key strengths. It's a gambit used sparingly, but when called upon, as at the start of the conversational "Grasping Ivy" and the restrained "Elephant Trees" and recurring throughout both parts of "Beware of Porter," such parsimony proves supremely effective, imparting even more weight to the relaxed exchanges. As ever such unfettered settings benefit from variations in dynamics, achieved here through the Pole's employment of bass clarinet on "Danzig Blues" and the slow burning "Inem Gortn," as well as Brice's switches from gritty plucking to abrasive bowing and Sanders' balancing act between texture and tumult.

The images of vegetation adorning the sleeve and disc itself, in addition to the Yiddish title which translates as "In The Garden," provide an apt metaphor for what lies within: music with an unforced organic quality which grows on you."-John Sharpe

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Product Information:

UPC: 0700175749833

Label: FMR
Catalog ID: FMRCD374
Squidco Product Code: 19032

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded August 20th and 21st, 2012, at The Little house Music, by Marcin Iszora.


Mikolaj Trzaska-alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet

Olie Brice-double bass

Mark Sanders-drums

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Track Listing:

1. Grasping Ivy 8:24

2. Beware Of The Porter - Part 1 1:56

3. Beware Of The Porter - Part 2 11:00

4. Danzig Blues 4:20

5. Grub Party 9:07

6. Elephant Trees 5:52

7. Inem Gortn 12:58