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Misha Mengelberg Trio - Who's Bridge (1994)

5-06-2016, 02:16
Jazz | FLAC / APE

Title: Who's Bridge
Year Of Release: 1994
Label: Avant
Genre: Contemporary Jazz
Quality: FLAC (tracks) / MP3
Total Time: 59:43 min
Total Size: 292 MB / 158 MB


01. Rollo II
02. A Bit Nervous
03. Rumbone
04. Romantic Jump of Hares
05. Gare Guillemans
06. Crocodile Tear
07. Rollo III
08. Peer's Counting Song
09. Elevator III
10. Who's Bridge
11. Almost, Almost

Dutch pianist Mengelberg is in full reverie with this trio. He is teamed with Americans Brad Jones (bass) and Joey Baron (drums), who pretty much act as Mengelberg's supporting cast, never getting too rhythmically flashy. The pianist's sound is a witty combination of modern harmonic invention and melodic improvisational forays into Cecil Taylor territory. Many tuneful compositions crop up during the 11 tracks, all Mengelberg originals. The title cut sounds like a newborn standard, a nice swinger that leads to a bridge with frantic Taylor-like flourishes. Mengelberg's main influence, Herbie Nichols, comes shining through during another nice swinger, "Gare Guillemans," which features soulful touches and advanced harmonic nuances. The opening track, "Rollo II," starts off raucously before merging into a quaint swing reminiscent of "Tea for Two." "Rollo III" is bluesier and more Nichols-like. "A Bit Nervous" has a skittish calypso beat accented by Sunny Murray-ish piano. The lone solo piano number, "Peer's Counting Song," evokes the elegance of Ellington, the angularity of Monk, and the dark, rambling harmonics of Mal Waldron. Most fun is "Elevator," with Jones' twittering bass, Baron's tom-tom beat, and Mengelberg's dynamic piano. Each composition is a great example of the pianist's enormous musicianship. This is Mengelberg's finest hour. -- Michael G. Nastos



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