MP3 320 kbps CBR | 52:20 min | 122 MB
Genre: Jazz | Label: ECM
'Time Is A Blind Guide' is both the title of Thomas Strønen's album & the name of his new Norwegian-British ensemble. In contrast to Food (his b& with English saxophonist Iain Ballamy & guests) & its electronic soundscapes, this is an all-acoustic group which plays what its drummer-leader-composer calls "melodic music with a twist".
Its melodies unfurl sinuously over shifting rhythmic patterns. The ensemble was built to include a number of overlapping musical sub-groups. "There is a kind of enhanced piano trio at the centre of Time Is A Blind Guide," says Strønen. "& there is a string group with violin & cello & bass as well as a drum ensemble with me & Siv Øyunn Kjenstad & Steinar Mossige...". The two percussionists often assert strong & solid grooves, allowing Strønen to play freely on top of the rhythms & to interact dynamically with the outst&ing young English pianist Kit Downes, who makes his ECM debut here.
The b& (its name derives from a literary source, "Time is a blind guide" being the first sentence in Canadian author Anne Michaels's 1996 novel, Fugitive Pieces) was formed rather spontaneously, following an invitation from BBC Radio 3 presenter Fiona Talkington. An early supporter of the Strønen/Iain Ballamy group 'Food', she commissioned Thomas to write music for a combination of Norwegian & British musicians for Conexions, a concert series she was curating in Oslo. The group played concerts over a two year period before going to the studio - Oslo's Rainbow Studio - in July 2015, with Strønen & Sun Chung producing.
'Time Is A Blind Guide' is one of two ECM albums issued this season featuring the music of Thomas Strønen. The other is Food's 'This Is Not A Miracle', which is released on 6 November.
1. The Stone Carriers
2. Baka / Tide
3. Everything Disappears I
5. I Don't Wait for Anyone
6. The Drowned City
7. Lost Souls
8. Everything Disappears II (Ode to Jt)
9. Time Is a Blind Guide
10. As We Wait for Time
Thomas Strønen: drums & percussion
Kit Downes: piano
Håkon Aase: violin
Ole Morten Vågan: double bass
Lucy Railton: cello
Siv Øyunn Kjenstad: percussion (1, 7, 9, 10)
Steinar Mossige: percussion (1, 2, 7, 9, 10)