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DKV Trio + Gustafsson, Nilssen-Love, Pupillo - Schl8hof (2013)

25-02-2014, 13:55
Music | Jazz

DKV Trio + Gustafsson, Nilssen-Love, Pupillo - Schl8hof (2013)

Artist: DKV Trio + Gustafsson, Nilssen-Love, Pupillo
Title Of Album: Schl8hof
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: Trost Records
Genre: Jazz
Quality: 320 Kbps
Total Time: 58:13 min
Total Size: 133 MB
WebSite: amazon


1. Hamid Drake / Kent Kessler / Ken Vandermark - This building is on fire 19:09
2. Hamid Drake / Kent Kessler / Ken Vandermark / Mats Gustafsson / Paal Nilssen-Love / Massimo Pupillo - All In 08:26
3. Hamid Drake / Kent Kessler / Ken Vandermark / Mats Gustafsson / Paal Nilssen-Love / Massimo Pupillo - All out - part 1 10:56 4. Hamid Drake / Kent Kessler / Ken Vandermark / Mats Gustafsson / Paal Nilssen-Love / Massimo Pupillo - All out - part 2 19:42

The last review in our week of new recording featuring Paal Nilssen-Love has him on only two of the three tracks. “Schl8hof” (a pun dealing with the German number 8 - Acht – in Schlachthof, the German word for slaughterhouse) is actually a DKV album (Hamid Drake, Kent Kessler and Ken Vandermark) who were joined by Mats Gustafsson on tenor and baritone sax, Massimo Pupillo on electric bass and Nilssen-Love on drums at the 2011 Unlimited Festival in Wels, Austria (1). Quite apart from the fact that this is an interesting match in general, producing a splendid album, it’s particularly fascinating to listen to two of the best drummers of the free jazz scene playing together.

DKV was one of the most prolific and versatile trios between 1996 and 2002, when they took an album break. In 2012, they released their magnum opus: “Past Present” on Not Two. DKV is one of the tightest free-improvisation units you can imagine due to the use of written material on which they improvise extensively. It’s especially Hamid Drake’s rhythmic pulse – ranging from funky elegant grooves to free wildfire – that provides the fundamentals of this group.

It’s almost a shock when “This Building is on Fire”, the first track, abruptly ends and Gustafsson, Pupillo and Nilssen-Love step into the arena, as if they were burying DKV under their wall of noise. If you listen closely however, you realize that both trios complement each other excellently. Nilssen-Love shows his wild and expressive side but Drake is a much too experienced and great a drummer to drown in this torrent. He sticks to his style, and the result is a highly energetic combination that also grooves like hell.

Vandermark and Gustafsson are a similar combination. On the second track, “All In”, Gustafsson structures the piece delivering brutal chords – repetitive, off-the-wall, manic – a rhythmic texture which Vandermark uses this to soar like an eagle. They dance with each other, they take out speed (when they do this it is simply great), they wrestle with each other – as well as Pupillo and Kessler. One of the album’s magical moments is their bass duet on “All Out”.

The reviews on Paal Nilssen-Love’s albums with Lasse Marhaug were a lot about noise, particularly the beauty of it. This album comes very close to that. It’s available on vinyl and CD, but in this case I’d recommend the latter as you get the wonderful extra DKV track and can listen to the half hour “All Out” without having to turn the LP.

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