"Songs of Deception",
with Blaise Siwula
Merida Encuentro is Blaise Siwula's cooperative trio from
down Mexico way. Their new one, Songs of Deception (Setola
di Maiale 2016) gives us a special open, freely improvised
moodiness that wears well and projects nicely. It is Blaise
sounding quite fit and exploratory on clarinet (a treat to hear
him at length on this), alto clarinet, soprano and alto sax and
wooden flutes, plus Armando Merid Martin, here on acoustic
guitar throughout, and Edgar Caamal on drums and
There is a special sort of laid-back introspection to this set.
Not that it doesn't have energy at times, but it also has a
kind of mutual reflectiveness, an avant freedom that explores
possibilities more than it insists on performative presence,
though that is there. But there is a threesome of searching
for its own sake, experimental ways to get to where they
want to go that make for a understated yet mutually
reinforcing kind of three-way.
And I just love what Blaise is doing on the clarinet. Armando
and Edgar give us some well conceived dialoging that does
much to make this session so mood-open.
It's the sort of music where you need to get on the plane of
the trio to fully engage with it. Once you do there is much to
fascinate and appreciate.
Another good one! A different one! A worthy one!