This is the second album from jazz trio Punkt.Vrt.Plastik. Maybe this will be the one to cement them as one of the most exciting piano trios on the circuit today. The rhythm section of Christian Lillinger (drums) and Petter Eldh (bass) has played together for over a decade – pianist Kaja Draksler brings something new to the brittle organic drum ‘n’ bass frenzy they have perfected. Her piano trickles over and in and around the hypnotic rhythms – they race ahead one minute only to slow up and sit in underneath a double-time piano. The stop-start and herky-jerky motions won’t be for everyone – to which I say GOOD!
But what is instantly apparent is the collective skill of the trio and the individual talents of all three players.
Like Dawn of Midi’s through-composed genius (and if you haven’t heard Dysnomia stop reading right now and check it out), like The Necks’ nocturnal swirling of strange in-between musical worlds that take from both jazz and classical, adding pinches of minimalism only to then ramp up to a warp-speed in comparison to minimalism’s musical mantra, Punkt.Vrt.Plastik is instantly your new favourite musical muscle. But they are more overtly jazz than either of those acts. You can hear Ornette Coleman in one channel, and maybe The Bad Plus in the other.
Actually, The Bad Plus is, rhythmically, very much where Punkt.Vrt.Plastik is at. But, again, more overtly jazzy in the overall approach.
Draksler can work a simple ostinato (Amnion) or take a playful stroll through a melody (If Asked). She can also rock back and forth mechanically on a rhythmic axis (Axon) and allow the boys in the back to provide the main musical colours through their stop-start exploration.
This is a band that can turn on a dime.
Somit is almost a hip-hop rhythm which is then worked into submission by, seemingly, two separate piano lines (on two separate pianos) being played at the same time.
There’s old school breakneck bop on display here too (Ribosome) which is just another reminder that this is a jazz band. A Very Jazz Band. Indeed. One of the best I’ve heard in a while.
And I love this brand new record.
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