Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Tan Bucher & Countryman, Acceptance.Resistance
The Philippines-based trio has power and creativity at its fingertips with Simon Tan on bass, Christian Bucher on drums and Rick Countryman on alto sax.The band gives us a full set of free and swinging-propulsing sounds that sound fresh and contemporary while hearkening back to the masters of the idiom.
Countryman has a vibrant soaring tone that he puts to good use with onslaughts of post-bop free continuity and poise. There is excellent fluidity to his horn lines that make things grow as they go.
Simon Tan has plenty of ideas and a woody sound that may well remind you of Silva, Grimes, Garrison and other past masters.
Christian Bucher takes advantage of the trio space with a busy, churning time/spacetime that has creative invention as well as drive.
Put the three together and set them loose. The result is an engaging album that keeps the flames kindled and creates a musical fullness that thrives on openness.
Here is a trio that knows what it is about and provides direction and soulful fire consistently.