"This is everything it ought to be. This high-test modern jazz trio taped a 1998 gig at Amsterdam's Bimhuis, and the members were happy enough with the results to release a double CD containing both sets in their entirety. Only a good jazz group could get away with something like this; so fear not, the Schlippenbach Trio is not just good, it is great... To haul out a reviewer's cliché, this is recording by this trio to grab if a choice of only one has to be made. After nearly three decades on the road, it is the group's best yet." -- Eugene Chadbourne, All Music Guide (4½ stars)
"So why is Swinging the Bim so extraordinary? For a start because the three do exactly as advertised: they out-and out swing the BIM... Essentially what you have here is three men at the top of their craft, listening and reacting to one another in a series of solos, duos and trios." -- Jazz Weekly
"German pianist Alex von Schlippenbach’s long running trio with saxophonist Evan Parker and drummer Paul Lovens is everything jazz is supposed to be about: acrobatic poise, precise articulation at the speed of sound, and staggering technique married to pure instinct. Swinging The Bim is a wonderful blurred snapshot of them in midflight... Swinging The Bim barely lets up from start to finish. If these players lost momentum, they would simply fall from the skies." -- The Wire
"This night certainly didn’t lack for energy and intensity. But it stands out with its subtlety and quicksilver shading. As always, the Schlippenbach Trio yields pleasures both immediate and lasting." -- Cadence
"In front of the supportive and appreciative crowd Schlippenbach, Parker and Lovens turned in absorbing example of their shared craft, touching on past configurations while at the same time striking a rich vein of fresh improvisatory ore." -- Derek Taylor, All About Jazz
Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD: 4 stars
Evan Parker: soprano & tenor saxophone
Alexander von Schlippenbach: piano
Paul Lovens: selected and unselected cymbals & drums, singing saw
Recorded live by Jasper Noë on November 20th, 1998, at the BIM-Huis in Amsterdam.
Mastered by Jonas Bergler.
Produced by Paul Lovens and Alexander von Schlippenbach.
Liner notes: Evan Parker.
Booklet front by Paul Lovens and Dr. Yang.
Layout by Jost Gebers.
Photo by Arne Reimer.
Acknowledgments: Thanks to Huub van Riel, Jasper Noë and Joel Ryan.
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