New CD "Roots" by Tracklist
Hiby-Bardon-Hession Trio 1. RIFF-RAFF
Not Two Records 2. ROOTS MW966-2 3. TIMELESS
H.P.Hiby ts, as 4. DING AN SICH M. Bardon b 5. P.J. P.Hession dr 6. THE WORM 7. KING FALAFEL
And what an album Roots is. The music is completely improvised, Hiby only said that he also wanted some shorter tracks, not just an endlessly long session.
On the one hand there are the full throttle pieces like “Riff-Raff“, the opener, “Ding an sich“ and “King Falafel“. Hiby ejects smeared phrases, crassly overblown lines and vibrato-drunk notes as
if he wants to express everything that’s been in him for the last 17 years. There’s no time to grab a breather, it’s 100% pure joy, breakneck speed, real fire music. On the other hand there are
the balladesque and contemplative ones, “Roots“, “Timeless“, “P.J.“ (dedicated to Hiby’s son) and “Noumenon“. These tracks are clearly influenced by gospels and the blues, even melodies of
Brötzmann’s later albums shine through. Hiby is rather playful here, the band oscillates between spirituality and a certain cool nervousness. “The Worm“, the largest track, brings the two worlds
together - the scintillating sounds, blurred themes and motives that rise from the low registers to jubilant screams. All this is accompanied and supported by Bardon and Hession, who protect the
ballads from getting too dreamy by setting sharp counterpoints and who support Hiby’s runs with feverish arcoing and rumbling rhythms during the wilder tracks.
Roots is my comeback album of the year, it’s a real treat for fans of Dave Rempis, Mats Gustafsson or Ken Vandermark.
You can buy the album from the label website: http://www.nottwo.com/catalog