Chris Gestrin: With Such Unsettled Heart


With Such Unsettled Heart


Chris Gestrin (piano)


After The City Has Gone: Quiet (Songlines 1568)

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Chris Gestrin (piano), Jeremy Berkman (trombone), Jesse Zubot (violin).

Recorded: The Factory, Vancouver. July, 2004


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

Group improvisation can take many forms and, for the uninitiated, a large ensemble can produce sounds that can overwhelm. This trio slowly builds a live soundscape that is both engaging and illustrative of what improvisation is all about. A series of decaying trombone notes is echoed by the violin, and then the piano, which turns those notes into a descending melody line...which is extended by the violin...and on and on. Ideas born of the moment are handed from musician to musician. The thrill is in observing the reactions.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski


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