Human Maybe (ep)
Claus Højensgård (trumpet and keys) and Jeppe Skjold (saxophone) – from the extended line-up of the Danish collective, Hess Is More, breakaway here for a two-track ep featuring American free-jazz wunderkind Tyshawn Sorey.
Sorey, primarily a drummer (though he plays keys, trombone, percussion and is a composer) lays down a funeral lurch of a groove across the 12 minute title track. His cymbal strikes and his tinkering across the toms and snare show time spent listening to when Tony Williams would go (‘way’) out. But there’s this earthy precision too, a conversation is being had between his feet and hands, as well as the one he’s facilitating between Skjold and Højensgård’s horns. Their playing sits together, but slightly out, and what slowly evolves throughout the tune is the drums taking the ‘melodic’ lead and the parping of the horns providing the real rhythmic framework. There’s rigidity and space in – quite literally – equal measures. The overall sound and execution of the piece touching on the Sorey composition from his 2007 epic, That / Not where on Permutations for Solo Piano Sorey spent 42 minutes spacing a set of piano chords in and around silence.
The shorter second track here, Human Maybe Fantasy, begins with a swell of horns that moves into an eerie glide, percussion-less, this track slides along as if sound-installation/art-piece. It’s the comedown from the near-giddy, hypnotic sway of the first track. It’s free and spacious and haunting and, I should think, hugely polarising. But the playing on this EP is dynamic and thoughtful and the opening piece is a jaw-dropper. For that this is worth investigating.