Alexander von Schlippenbach Trio, “Sun-Luck Night-Rain”, Pakistani Pomade
Drums – Paul Lovens
Piano – Alexander von Schlippenbach
Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone – Evan Parker
The group carries a stalwart emphasis on color, texture, and density – of both the timbral and harmonic kind. That manifests itself through the wide-ranging play of Parker, who in this case stays toward the brighter end of the spectrum, ranging from light thrusting whispers to squeaking, squawking cries. Lovens has his rare moments of linear timekeeping and outright melodicism, but for the most part he emphasizes rise and fall, twist and turn, crest and boundary. Schlippenbach, for his part, takes a particularly oblique approach to harmony, with dense clusters and irregular intervals tending to crowd out the more open and resonant moments. As both a player and a composer, he adopts an architectural approach to sound.
- All About Jazz, Album review