Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Review -- SIMON FISK TRIO -- Unless

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Simon Fisk Trio
Plunge Records
8-out-of-10
Regular readers will be familiar with the name Simon Fisk. This guy is a prolific Canadian jazz musician, who finds himself in the recording studio often. Vague Hotels with Simon Fisk / Chris Gestrin / Jerry Granelli was reviewed here in January of this year, and back in 2007, Fist You and Yours.
Fisk is a bassist who has the ability to not just lay the foundation on which a piece is based, but to truly carry a song forward with his stylistic approach.
With his trio he is supported perfectly by the piano work Gestrin who lays down the body of the music here. The piano is generally front and centre, although Fist on bass not surprisingly adds some girth to the music.
Granelli provides the underlying heartbeat with his generally under-stated, but effective drum work.
This is active, swirling jazz, the type which takes the listener’s mind on wonderful trips through a maze of images the music creates. No where is that more true than in the piece Freedom Suite which clocks in at more than 10-minutes, and during that time leads the listener on a merry chase of thoughts and images.
Fisk has written all the material here too, showing he has a wonderful understanding of jazz as a musical paintbrush.
This is another enjoyable effort from a jazz artist who is becoming a definite favourite. Check out the trio at www.simonfisk.com.
— CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Oct. 28, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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