The Plunge Trio: Refreshingly Addictive (2007)
The opening "Refreshingly Addictive" demonstrates the spirit of the recording: slow and patient exploration of a spare theme. Andersson leads with a relaxed, simple melodic line that slowly gains more volume, but he does not opt for loudest, while Nilsson and Hjorth consolidate and color his blows. "Chant," "Kind Of Askew" and "Moveable" are even more restrained, spiritual and minimalist, with the trio drawing the skeletal, fragmented lines of these lyrical pieces.
Nilsson turns the shortest piece here, "Involvement," into a subtle and nuanced solo suite for percussion. The longest piece, the almost eighteen-minute "The Zürich Effect," alternates between long, spare and lyrical passageswhere the pauses in the playing are equal to the playing itself, where each note and gesture countsto shorter and more investigatory mode of collective improvisationthough still patient and even slow-motionall in beautiful interplay. Nilsson demonstrates, again, how he can color and mutate the character of each piece with his sensitive and inventive touch. Andersson searches for the lower registers of his sax, adding a soft vocal quality while Hjorth skitters with his bow. Andersson's rare extroverted playing on the closing "None Of The Above," lightly references the playing of Swedish baritone hero Lars Gullin, but the trio use this piece as a dramatic conclusion for this impressive set.
In his To whom it may concern blog, Andersson relates to himself as a "hesitant follower of Jesus." On this release, more than on previous ones, it is clear that Andersson, Hjorth and Nilsson are trying to reach deeper and more mysterious terrains, perhaps just by following Andersson's spiritual and humble playing.
Personnel: Andreas Andersson: baritone saxophone; Mattias Hjorth: bass; Peter Nilsson: drums.
Record Label: Kopasetic Productions
Style: Modern Jazz