Colin Vallon (piano), Patrice Moret (double-bass), Samuel Rohrer (drums)
The label debut of this exceptional Swiss trio, Rruga ("path" in Albanian), produced by Manfred Eicher in the South of France, proposes a robust yet uncommonly sensitive music played by a young and well-travelled working band, with years of accumulated experience.
Pianist Colin Vallon (born in Lausanne in 1980), has led his own trio since 1999, inviting bassist Patrice Moret (born in Aigle in 1972) and Samuel Rohrer (born in Bern in 1977) to join it in 2004. All three musicians are strong writers as well as original and subtle players. All pieces on the album are composed by the band members.
This is a piano trio with a gifted pianist who says he is inspired primarily by singers. The group 'sings' in its own unique way - with an emphasis on melody, texture, shading, dynamics. Restraint is a watchword. Demonstrative, soloistic flights are avoided. This is group music that builds tension through restraint, until eruptive energies can no longer be resisted.
In his pieces Colin Vallon sometimes directly draws on music of the Caucasus. The tune "Iskar" references Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares; "Rruga" itself draws upon a Turkish rhythm for its momentum. "Meral" is influenced by Turkish folk music. These are some of the colours that inform this jazz trio. But there are also many other elements at work - Patrice Moret's tune "Telepathy", for instance, is inspired by Radiohead.
9. Rruga (variation)
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