released February 11, 1988
"The music is presented in a series of short precise vignettes showcasing the considerable talents of the three musicians with an accent on space, tone color, and rhythmic suppleness. Particularly noteworthy are the contributions on bass clarinet by the relatively under-recorded French reedman, Louis Sclavis." -- CODA
"All three players are tough or tender as the moment demands, creating tension and depth through contrapuntal as well as parallel positioning. The varied program of strategies touches many free music bases from folkish fluttering to avant classicism to ping-pong interplay to jazzing it up." -- Cadence
"...a sequence of miniatures rather than a set of improvisations, although the climate is consistent through the LP: scruffy little arabesques, anchored by the lugubriously agile Lindberg, decorated in fits and starts by Sclavis and Becker. Some of them, like Becker’s 'Herber Alptraum', are exquisitely set down: thoughtful, full-toned counterpoint and natural resolutions which recall some of Jimmy Giuffre’s music." -- Robin Cook, The Wire
"...the three musicians create chamber-jazz-like music on the spot, jointly crafting little gems, one after the other, with a common mood, common focus, common intensity, reacting to each other in the most gentle and understanding of ways. The music is light, melodic, rhythmic, full of joy and sadness, and the immense pleasure the musicians must have had during the recording is audible with every note. Add to that the immense mastership of their instruments, and you know this is an absolute winner." -- Stef Gijssels, freejazz-stef.blogspot.com
Heinz Becker: trumpet, flugelhorn
Louis Sclavis: soprano saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet
John Lindberg: double bass
Recorded by Jost Gebers on July 17th & 18th, 1987, at the FMP-Studio in Berlin.
Produced by Jost Gebers
Cover artwork and design by Marina Rother.
Photograph by Dagmar Gebers.