Speicher/Wolf/Grassi / Shapes And Shadows
Album: Shapes And Shadows   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Speicher/Wolf/Grassi   Added:Oct 2007
Label:Clean Feed  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2007-11-11 Pull Date: 2008-01-13 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Jan 13 Jan 6 Dec 9 Nov 18
Airplays: 1 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 11, 2021: Music Casserole
Shapes And Shadows
4. Jan 04, 2008: Memory Select
Claire's Net
2. Jan 18, 2008: Memory Select
Shapes And Shadows
5. Dec 07, 2007: Memory Select
Claire's Net
3. Jan 11, 2008: Memory Select
Please, Confirm!
6. Nov 16, 2007: Memory Select
Please, Confirm!

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2007-11-05
Improvised free jazz, often abstract, from a sax/bass/drums trio. Lots of energy and propulsion, even on the slower pieces. Every track is a great listen. I haven't heard of the two Europeans here but drummer Lou Grassi is a New York fixture who's been on plenty of great sessions.

Martin Speicher (sax/clarinet)
Georg Wolf (bass)
Lou Grassi (drums)

1- Mid/fast jazzy flow. Gets furious and speedy by about halfway through.
2- Slow, sly. Nice slow-burn feel on the sax.
3- Skittish and fairly fast, nicely engaging. Lots of puffy little sounds that add up to a raucous whole.
4- Sparse, slowish. Lots of crazy percussion.
5- Quiet groany activity, into a nice midtempo flow after a few minutes. Slowly tuneful sax with a trill.
6- A creeping tunefulness on clarinet, slow and quiet. Starts cooking after about 4 minutes, a strong midtempo jam. Good start/stop point around -6:00. Then a pitter-patter drum solo and a slower, thoughful segment. It's long (14 minutes) but builds very nicely, worth an extended listen.

Track Listing
1. Please, Confirm!   4. Your Hope
2. Le Star   5. Alors! Bill Dit
3. Claire's Net   6. Shapes And Shadows