Phronesis albums seems to have a similar vibe to them. Bassist Jasper Høiby, pianist Ivo Neame, and drummer Anton Eger have been together for a decade now. They play with time, Eger slays on the kit, Høiby bounces around the melody like a rubber ball, Neame has turns eloquently understated and unabashedly dazzling. They're one of the great dynamic modern jazz trios. They come with this set of expectations. This is no different on their latest album, Parallax.
Phronesis is celebrating its tenth anniversary in grand fashion by reissuing its critically acclaimed 2014 album Life to Everything as a double vinyl with three previously unreleased tracks. The album, which we picked as our favorite album of 2014, is now available for pre-order via Bandcamp ahead of its April 30th release in celebration of International Jazz Day. Check out the teaser video below.
The guys from Phronesis just released a new video from the folks at Unseen Recordings, a live performance of "Behind Bars" off their great live album, Life to Everything. It's all close and shadowy and moody, just like the song. Check it out after the jump.
The video below is largely a clip of drummer Anton Eger working out the outstanding closing solo of "Wings 2 the Mind" from their new live album, Life to Everything. It's one of the more impressive moments of the album and well worth the price of admission. The Scandinavian trio which also includes bassist Jasper Høiby and pianist Ivo Neame have been favorites of ours at Nextbop, a trio that lives just suitably enough outside the pocket. They're a marvel in the studio and, as their new album can attest, even more of a delight live. Check out the preview video for Life to Everything after the jump.
Marc Rosenfeld Antunes
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Much jazz music that has been at the very forefront of acclaim recently has been totally clean. The most recent albums to point to would be Robert Glasper’s Black Radio, a super-produced listen, an album with its audio tracks manipulated and equalised to a powerful whole, and Esperanza Spalding’s Radio Music Society, a record making use of a large, fully synchronised, well-rehearsed band. And why should it not be so? The clean provides the listener with that glossy effect of perfection represented in sound. Walking Dark, the most recent album by Phronesis, released everywhere by Edition Records, is not imperfect, but it is opposite to that perception; it is a celebration of hot music, rather than cool, clean, and controlled music.