(D / USA
Lars Scherzberg - alto saxophone, John Hughes - bass, Jeff Arnal
- drums, percussion
recording of the oaksmus concert on August 18, 2000
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from the Booklet:
The music of Scherzberg, Hughes and Arnal is pretty much removed
from all conventions including those of improvised jazz, which
may first spring to mind. It is radical through and through (in
that sense in which 'radix' literally means 'roots'). One is reminded
in more compact, concertined passages a little of Webern, who
with the most minimal apparent expenditure of means could create
the maximum amount of suspense. In other passages there is a lot
of speech about it - of a discussion between three people who
converse animatedly, and here and there grow quiet, while perhaps
a participant takes time to reflect before entering the discussion
once again. This music is audible human exchange. And moreover
the exchange between three people who have something to say and
not the trading of platitudes over a glass or two of prosecco
in passing at some exhibition opening or other.
Is Top Floor Encounter part of the revenge of Generation Y musicians?
the past 15 years or so, Gen X jazzers -- the so-called young lions
-- have dominated the musical agenda, limiting improvisation to
that involving swing, tonality and conventional interaction....