Artist: Jesper Zeuthen, Jacob Anderskov & Anders Vestergaard
Album: Out of the Spectacle (Live)
Genre: Avant-Garde, Free Jazz
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Out of the Spectacle is also a trio recording and only replaces one musician for another, but the effect is crucial. Instead of Adam Pultz Melbye’s grooves, the album relies on the characteristic tone of saxophonist Jesper Zeuthen. Without the rhythmic momentum of the bass the album is searching in another way. The paths to musical mysteries are many and Anderskov is more subdued as he explores the strings on the piano and bursts out in rolling percussive attacks.
Zeuthen sings with a fragile tone like a human who learns a language for the first time. He also screams, but it is not the scream of free jazz and Albert Ayler that Zeuthen is sometimes compared with. Zeuthen’s tone seems much brighter, but they have the sense of strong melody, emotional vibrato and the high-pitched cry in common.
The cover of Out of the Spectacle depicts a giant tree that could be Yggdrasil the world tree from Nordic mythology. These three musicians seem to dig at the roots of music, trying to find a language together that is both new and fresh and old and forgotten. The three parts of the record reflect a journey where songs are born out of chaos, or to put it another way: structures rise out of nothing. In that sense, the ending of part 3 is a fitting coda to the journey. Zeuthen’s gently spiraling melodic lines unfold amid the repeated bell-like patterns of Anderskov’s piano and Vestergaard’s rustling, percussive beat. The mystery is the melody blooming in the roots of rhythm.
By JAKOB BAEKGAARD