This is the debut album by Chicago based Improvising Music trio consisting of guitarist Steve Kaiser, saxophonist
Alex Clov Baczkowski (of Polish descent obviously) and drummer Bill Harris. The album presents eight pieces
credited to all three members of the trio.
Although the trio plays Improvised Music, there are distinct melodic themes and the improvisation is mostly
"well behaved" enough to make the music accessible to listeners beyond the strict avant-garde circles. The trio´s
unusual instrumentation enables a clear sonic reception of the music without clashes between the instruments that
often make Improvised Music sound cacophonic.
The trio members demonstrate obvious respect and spirit of cooperation, which of course are the basic qualities
necessary for making music together. These young musicians clearly move towards innovative expressionism, rather
than joining the hordes or mainstream trotters, which is commendable. Of course they will in time develop a
personal language, and based on what they present here they are on the right track.
Individual performances are all promising: Kaiser plays a retro sounding guitar with a sound faithful to
early Improvising guitarists, Clov has already a well developed technique and sounds especially impressive
on the baritone saxophone and Harris, as usual in such environment, plays anything but time, simply adding
addition rhythmic layer to the music.
Overall this is a promising debut offering, which will be hopefully followed by additional interesting
musical explorations in the future.
Recorded on September 4, 2016.
All tracks by Kaiser, Clov, and Harris.
Kaiser, Clov, and Harris is:
Steve Kaiser - Guitar
Alex Clov Baczkowski - Alto & baritone saxophone
Bill Harris - Drums & percussion
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Bill Harris at the Music Garage, Chicago.
Artwork by Josiah Hazel
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