Australia's finest young jazz trio, Trichotomy, blend a touch of the avant-garde with a liberal spoonful of attitude to make a traditional recipe taste sweeter than ever. The Gentle War, is the superb new album from Australian piano trio Trichotomy and the follow-up to the band's critically acclaimed Naim Jazz debut Variations. Recorded shortly after the band's UK tour early last year it finds the lauded trio in especially dynamic form and while their music could be compared to the likes of EST or The Bad Plus, Foran also cites his time here as an influence the music - and not just our beer, but bands such as label mates Neil Cowley Trio, John Taylor and Acoustic Ladyland - but The Gentle War is very much the sound of a band developing their own unique sound. The Gentle War finds the band happily building the success of Variations but is more tightly focused the trio itself. Mixed by Brent Sigmeth (The Bad Plus) the album brings a rockier edge to the mix but without compromising the beauty of the piano sound. It's an aural reflection of the band's music, what e critic called their 'juxtaposition of aggresiveness and tenderness'. Indeed it is this friction which is at the heart of the band's appeal: Their music is both densely rhythmic and sharply melodic, with Foran's excellent compositions seeking a balance between heavily notated sections and completely free improvisations and with the trio allowing ideas to develop naturally.
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- 1 Chase 5:02 Trichotomy Buy
- 2 Wrestle 7:30 Trichotomy Buy
- 3 Blues for the Space 8:44 Trichotomy Buy
- 4 The Gentle War 6:51 Trichotomy Buy
- 5 Cute 5:42 Trichotomy Buy
- 6 Sync 4:39 Trichotomy Buy
- 7 Shut Up 4:40 Trichotomy Buy
- 8 Not According to Plan 7:18 Trichotomy Buy