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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

CD Review: New Simplicity Trio - Common Spaces

Bruno Heinen (piano), Henrik Jensen (double bass) & Antonio Fusco (drums)
(Review by Russell).
Common Spaces opens with the angular Groovy. A rhythmic pulse surges through Antonio Fusco’s composition with Bruno Heinen’s robust piano playing and the composer’s commanding drumming suggesting that this New Simplicity Trio album is going to be a swinging, hard driving affair. Making assumptions about what will follow should be resisted for fear of being proved wrong! A further nine tracks - three from Fusco, four from Heinen, one from bassist Henrik Jensen and one standard - go on to disprove any such notion.

This BB Records’ release (a subsidiary of the Babel Label) is Antonio Fusco’s project, although the CD should be seen, and certainly heard, as a trio affair. Heinen’s Full Flat is an exercise in restraint as the trio resists the temptation to go flat out, Orient Express (comp. A. Fusco) builds up a head of steam, and Mingus’ Goodbye Pork Pie Hat is the one other track to tempt the trio into the fast lane.
The trio’s stated aim is to create a new simplicity; melodic and harmonic simplicity and the rejection of the complexities of serialism. The title track - Common Spaces - recalls the elegance of the MJQ and the title of the CD’s penultimate track - Daydreamer - is a fair summation of the New Simplicity Trio’s mission statement. Common Spaces by the New Simplicity Trio (Babel BBDV 16147) can be purchased from June 23. British tour dates are set for June including Ronnie Scott’s (June 20) and the official album launch at the Vortex, London on June 24.

Russell.                                   

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