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Arild Andersen|The Triangle

The Triangle

Arild Andersen, Vassilis Tsabropoulos, John Marshall

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Perhaps the most startling aspect of the Triangle, Arild Andersen's 15th date as a leader, and his second with pianist Vassilis Tsabropoulos and drummer John Marshall is their re-visioning of the trio. Though Tsabropoulos composed five of the nine pieces here, he does not compose for himself as the centerpiece of the trio's expression. The bass is the true centerpiece of this group's language. And it is not simply because Andersen is the group's "leader." Tsabropoulos was a classical player who came to improvisation late, and jazz later. His phrasing is unique and rhythmic, and his writing lends itself to notions of pulse and color rather than single-line flights of inquiry. Andersen's long-handed style offers unique articulation of the rhythmic pulse allowing for his part to balance Marshall's dancing style of drumming with the knottier eloquence of the Tsabropoulos five- or six- note motifs. The beautiful "Choral," is one example where Andersen's undersided melodic notions are colored by the beautiful chromatic voicings of the pianist. Marshall skitters and shimmers with his brushes, playing through them the rhythm. "Andersen's Saturday," is signatory in that it offers a wonderfully direct flow of even-handed grooves and layers of melody that present themselves in the foreground and reveal their full meaning in the rhythmic push and pull. "Pavane" offers another side of the Triangle with its crystalline lyric and parsed out rhythm coming from shards of chordal investigation. The closer, "Cinderella Song" by Tsabropoulos, strolls unhurriedly though shapes and rounds with Andersen's phrasing being the piece's "singing voice." The Triangle is a refreshing and sophisticated new way to hear the trio.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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1
Straight
00:05:36

Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Marshall, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arild Andersen, Double Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Vassilis Tsabropoulos, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2004 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

2
Pavane
00:07:14

Maurice Ravel, Composer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Marshall, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arild Andersen, Double Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Vassilis Tsabropoulos, Arranger, Piano, Work Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2004 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

3
Saturday
00:05:24

Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Marshall, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arild Andersen, Composer, Double Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Vassilis Tsabropoulos, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2004 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

4
Choral
00:06:28

Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Marshall, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arild Andersen, Double Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Vassilis Tsabropoulos, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2004 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

5
Simple Thoughts
00:06:29

Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Marshall, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arild Andersen, Double Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Vassilis Tsabropoulos, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2004 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

6
Prism
00:06:42

Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Marshall, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arild Andersen, Composer, Double Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Vassilis Tsabropoulos, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2004 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

7
Lines
00:02:59

Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Marshall, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arild Andersen, Composer, Double Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Vassilis Tsabropoulos, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2004 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

8
European Triangle
00:05:26

Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Marshall, Composer, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arild Andersen, Composer, Double Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Vassilis Tsabropoulos, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2004 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

9
Cinderella Song
00:06:33

Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Marshall, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arild Andersen, Double Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Vassilis Tsabropoulos, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2004 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

Album review

Perhaps the most startling aspect of the Triangle, Arild Andersen's 15th date as a leader, and his second with pianist Vassilis Tsabropoulos and drummer John Marshall is their re-visioning of the trio. Though Tsabropoulos composed five of the nine pieces here, he does not compose for himself as the centerpiece of the trio's expression. The bass is the true centerpiece of this group's language. And it is not simply because Andersen is the group's "leader." Tsabropoulos was a classical player who came to improvisation late, and jazz later. His phrasing is unique and rhythmic, and his writing lends itself to notions of pulse and color rather than single-line flights of inquiry. Andersen's long-handed style offers unique articulation of the rhythmic pulse allowing for his part to balance Marshall's dancing style of drumming with the knottier eloquence of the Tsabropoulos five- or six- note motifs. The beautiful "Choral," is one example where Andersen's undersided melodic notions are colored by the beautiful chromatic voicings of the pianist. Marshall skitters and shimmers with his brushes, playing through them the rhythm. "Andersen's Saturday," is signatory in that it offers a wonderfully direct flow of even-handed grooves and layers of melody that present themselves in the foreground and reveal their full meaning in the rhythmic push and pull. "Pavane" offers another side of the Triangle with its crystalline lyric and parsed out rhythm coming from shards of chordal investigation. The closer, "Cinderella Song" by Tsabropoulos, strolls unhurriedly though shapes and rounds with Andersen's phrasing being the piece's "singing voice." The Triangle is a refreshing and sophisticated new way to hear the trio.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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