Plus special guest Joe McPhee – tenor sax, piccolo trumpet
Swedish saxophonist Martin Küchen always has a story to tell with his music. The repertoire of Trespass Trio is no exception. Always combining economy of notes and restraint of expression, only going to the extremes when it’s relevant and necessary, the music has a narrative drive, telling a story without words but with emotional depth.
After releasing the albums “…was there to illuminate the night sky..” (2009) and Bruder Beda (2012) the trio hooked up with legendary Joe McPhee for three nights full of blissful moments in Coimbra, Portugal. This took place under the guise of JCC festival and Clean Feed´s Pedro Costa, resulting in the album Human Encore (2012). They played Lisbon together and then Bergen, Norway. Now it is a band. Adding McPhee, the phenomenal sax and trumpet player to the settled, but moving trio, was the right choice indeed. The quartet is a raw and sensible treat.
Fittingly the music has a serious, sober, commemorative cast. Other than one collective improvisation, these are Martin Küchen compositions. The music is free, compositional, structured, passionate, anguished, moving. Much of the music is in a minor tonality, in keeping with the theme. This is music of intensity, of tenderness, rage and transcendence.
(Gregor Edwards, Gapplegate)
“All eight tunes are flat-out gorgeous, particularly the opening track, “A Desert on Fire, a Forest.” According to Küchen’s liner notes, the title refers to the horrific wars of the 1940s in both Europe and Palestine: “Those ‘fires’ have not been extinguished, on the contrary, there are more and more of them…do u feel the heat?” If not, this gut-wrenching tune will ensure that you do: McPhee’s tenor and Küchen’s baritone start off with mournful, pensive dirges that are profoundly disquieting and heartbreakingly lovely. The horns repeatedly intertwine and split off, coming back a little wilder each time.(…) It’s a marvelous tune, full of haunting sorrow and somber beauty.(…)
Human Encore is full of fiery brilliance, which is not surprising given the strength of the players involved.” (Florence Wetzel, AAJ)