Ab Baars, Terrie Ex, and Kaja Draksler are about to release their first album as a trio with the Polish label Słuchaj in spring 2022. The music was recorded in 2018, live at Nickelsdorf Konfrontationen festival. Release-date July 10, 2022./.../ By the time of this concert, Draksler had just left Amsterdam, the city where she had become one of the brightest players of the jazz/improvised scene. It is where she met Baars in Fish-Scale Sunrise and developed ideas for the Octet he is also a member of. It is also where Baars and Ex forged their unique chemistry with a couple of duo albums, countless performances with The Ex and other projects. The guitarist even became the wild card on the latest ICP-album, Komen & Gaan. A few years ago, Draksler and Ex also road-tested their affinity, which led to the disjointed harmony of The Swim on the latter’s Terp Records.
An excerpt from the recording is available here: https://soundcloud.com/kajadraksler/baarsexdraksler-excerpt?
From the album liner notes by Guy Peters:
/.../ The surprise was not the combination of these distinct personalities in itself. You could have seen that coming. The remarkable thing about it was the emotional pay-off and the sheer beauty of the performance.
/.../ Perhaps it is something like the murmuration of starlings, an unspoken and spontaneously executed agreement. In this case, the birds have a markedly divergent plumage, but there’s no discussion about their joint direction. They know where they are going and it is a sight and sound to behold.
WHEN THE HILLS RUN ACROSS THE FIELDS (CD) by Baars/Ex/Draksler
- Label: Słuchaj Records
- Catalogue #: FSR11
- Availability: In Stock