Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Equilibrium

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Equilibrium

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Morton Haxholm Quartet

Equilibrium

Storyville 2013

Frederic Menzies (ts on five tracks) Jonathan Kreisberg (g) Morten Christian Haxholm Jensen (b) Ari Hoenig (d) William Larsson (Fender Rhodes on one track)

Giacometti/Ezra/Falter/Reconstructed/Night And Day/Unseen/Cruithne/Out Of Nowhere. TT 45:00

This CD presents what I assume to be a working trio with guests playing the compositions of the leader as well as interesting takes on two standards. It is not easy to pigeonhole this style - it certainly isn't mainstream in any way but it never verges into the excesses of contemporary free jazz either. Haxholm's pieces utilize some interesting meters and metric shifts (detailed in his informative liner notes - I wish all composers did that!), and the fact that they stand up to such analysis allows more for design than chance.

Of all the originals, "Unseen" and "Cruithne" stand up best. The first tune is a reflective work demonstrating the best ensemble integration on the disc. The solo parts (perhaps better described as lead, rather than solo) flow from one to the other with shifting support from the other members. Both Menzies and the leader play at their best here. The latter tune is in two parts utilizing different meters and harmonic foundations, giving an angular feel to the music, with Hoenig and Menzies being the central soloists. …

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