Torben Snekkestad, Barry Guy – Slip Slide and Collide (2014)

Torben Snekkestad, Barry Guy - Slip Slide and Collide (2014)
Artist: Torben Snekkestad, Barry Guy
Album: Slip Slide and Collide
Genre: Free Jazz
Label: Maya Recordings
Year Of Release: 2014
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)

Tracklist:
1. Utsira 03:48
2. Skeam 05:11
3. Ombo 01:52
4. Gurumna 05:10
5. Silda 04:32
6. Achill 05:07
7. Anda 05:07
8. Cruit 06:41
9. Lopra 01:32
10. Gola 02:57
11. Fedje 03:26
12. Scattery 04:47
13. Senja 02:19

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Both Norwegian saxophonist Torben Snekkestad and British bassist Barry Guy have been classically educated and have performed and released classical CDs, but they are equally active in modern music and jazz. On this duo set, both musicians improvise on thirteen relatively short pieces, and what they bring us is more than worth listening to.

The album’s title, “Slip, Slide and Collide”, is taken from a metaphor of the movement of tectonic plates on our planet’s crust, and gives an indication of what both musicians do, but then it doesn’t, because it reduces their interplay to some mechanical geographic occurences, instead of intentional dialogues, which can be fierce, but also gentle, and even emotional. ‘Utsira’, the first track gives a good example of the latter, when Snekkestad’s sax howls like a sad dog, with notes being bended to higher pitches, full of agony. In ‘Ombo’, the two musicians engage in a more parlando discussion, with short bursts full or surprise and antagony.

On the long ‘Gurumna” we get the opposite: the bowed bass creates a foundation of long stretched notes, an invitation for the sax to join in the dark and ominous atmosphere, which is wonderfully dispelled by the almost joyous and lyrical ‘Silda’, on which the sax sounds warm and round, while the bass sounds like tumbling pebbles.

My favorite track is ‘Cruit’, a sensitive and beautiful interaction between bowed bass and high-pitched sax.

These two artists know their instruments, they sense each other well, and use the space for maximum contribution, including the occasional silence or resonance. One of the better sax and bass duets of the last years.
By Stef

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