Saturday, July 24, 2021

Spaces to play in with Chico Freeman, Heiri Känzig, Norbert Pfammater, and Jim Hart at the Bird's Eye in Basel

On Wednesday, I heard Chico Freeman (tenor saxophone), Heiri Känzig (bass), and Norbert Pfammatter (drums) at the Bird's Eye in Basel. This format leaves space for the musicians to play in, even on some of the faster tunes they played, and especially when Freeman turned to circular breathing to create long, full phrases. Last night, the trio expanded to a quartet, with Jim Hart on vibraphone. Hart filled in the spaces I had heard on Wednesday, but new spaces were also created, especially when Hart and Pfammater engaged in dialogue over Känzig's bass, with the latter once even laying out for a spell while the two percussionists played louder and louder. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 24 July 2021)

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