Trio Apoplectic demonstrate with remarkable consistency that it is possible to sound contemporary - freshly minted in fact - play freely interactive improvisation, and create pure melody. Their position in Australian jazz is all but unique, in that they can evoke at the same time the effortless lyricism of the west coast cool school and the freedom of post-ornette coleman jazz. The pellucid sound of dave Jackson's alto saxophone has been likened to that of paul desmond of dave brubeck quartet fame, but the differences are as interesting as the points in common. Playing them in juxtaposition only accentuates the distinctiveness of Jackson's contemporary voice. What they share is an ability to avoid licks and develop freely running ideas in lines that unfold almost like bach, with atmospheric echoes of debussy. Bassist abel cross and drummer alex masso can accompany these flights immaculately and discreetly, but even in this role they are part of a free three-way dialogue that is completely engrossing. Bass and drums are so melodic and tonally beautiful that they can move seamlessly into the foreground with no loss of intensity and feeling. The trio can swing lightly, blithely, but with a mounting intensity, and they can create fields of limpid beauty. This aspect is very much to the fore on 'sofia', their new CD.
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