Frank Gratkowski / Georg Graewe / Paul Lovens - Quicksand
You can’t ask for more musicianship and experience than with this trio on Quicksand, these are three seasoned improvisers who have worked in many different contexts. Although saxophonist/clarinetist Frank Gratkowski is billed as the leader, all three musicians get equal treatment. Ideas fuse from each mind. At one point on “Second Coming,” Gratkowski initiates a ghost of a melody pianist Georg Graewe immediately picks up and develops in his own language: That’s synergy. The participants evolve like three facets of one mind. But what makes Quicksand a beautiful listening experience is the fact that it has been produced with the listener in mind. At 44 minutes, this CD is just long enough.