Elegy by the Aeon Trio on TRPTK offers a fascinating album of Jazz sounds at the intersection with Classical music. The trio features cellist Maya Fridman, pianist Atzko Kohashi and standing acoustic bassist Frans van der Hoeven with Kohashi playing a Fazioli Modello F228 Grand Piano.
The album’s tracks include music composed by Carla Bley (Útviklingssang), Ornette Coleman (Lonely Woman), Antonio Carlos Jobim (Zingaro, Luíza), Denny Zeitlin (Quiet Now), Gary McFarland (Gary’s Waltz) and John Williams (Elegy). It also features a classical piece by Gabriel Fauré (Lamento) and some numbers by members of the Aeon Trio.
William Shakespeare said “Music can minister to minds diseased, pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow, raze out the written troubles of the brain, and with its sweet oblivious antidote, cleanse the full bosom of all perilous stuff that weighs upon the heart.”
Maya Fridman says “It is how everything came together. We had so many ideas for the album that it could barely fit. So, we had to choose the best tunes and improvisations. In the end, I just want to say that this entire process from the first meeting till now was deeply enriching and I’m really grateful to Atzko, TRPTK, and Frans, for making it all happen.”
Elegy is a DXD recording that is available in Stereo and 5 Channel DSD 256, DSD 128, DSD 64 and DXD plus a new Stereo DSD 512 edition that is only available from NativeDSD. It is a DSD Exclusive, Not Available on SACD release.
Maya Fridman – Cello
Atzko Kohashi – Piano
Frans Van Der Hoeven – Double Bass
Total time: 01:02:35
|Analog to Digital Converters||
Sphynx 2, Merging Technologies at DXD (352.8 kHz)
Siltech custom mono-crystal microphone cables, Furutech FA-220 analog interlinks, Furutech FX-Alpha-Ag digital interlinks, Furutech FS-Alpha loudspeaker cables, Furutech The Empire power cables, Furutech The Astoria power cables
Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Questyle CMA800R Gold
Dutch & Dutch 8c
Sonodore RCM-402, Sonodore MPM-91 (Cello), Sonodore RCM-402 (Piano), Sonodore MPM-91 (Double Bass)
|Original Recording Format|
Fazioli Modello F228 Grand Piano
Brendon Heinst, Bart Koop (Assistant Engineer)
Beauforthuis in Austerlitz ,The Netherlands on October 4, 2016 where Atzko Kohashi played on a Fazioli Modello F228 Grand Piano.
Pyramix, Merging Technologies
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|Release Date||March 31, 2017|
Amazing music that grips you from the first note and never lets go. Recorded and mastered at a very high quality level.
Eternity or Aeon. That’s what the Japanese pianist Atzko Kohashi calls her new trio. In which there is room for the Russian cellist Maya Fridman and double bassist Frans van der Hoeven. Improvisation is the common denominator that comes into its own on ‘Elegy’ (lament) in arrangements of both Classical and Jazz pieces.
Since her arrival in Amsterdam in 2005, Kohashi has recorded several duo and trio albums with Van der Hoeven. Fridman, also living in the Netherlands, met them last year. The many colors and shadows in her playing reminded Kohashi of the sound of Albert Ayler’s saxophone and human howls. While improvising, the duo decided to look for works that would lead to new ideas. In addition to four of their own compositions, these were ‘Utviklingssang (Bley), Lonely Woman (Coleman), ‘Gary’s Waltz’ (McFarland), ‘Zingaro’ (Jobim) and the classic ‘Elegy’ (Williams) and ‘Lamento’ (Fauré).
The trio melts the works into a homogeneous whole, with a compelling sad undertone. Silent contemplative music, rich in detail, extensive, and carried with great attention to sound, color and atmosphere. You would think it was very heavy, but because it is all played so beautifully open and beautifully intimately recorded as if you were sitting next to the musicians, the music slowly bites into you.
The shapely storylines from Friedman’s cello are straight from the heart and move between melancholy and hope. Kohashi’s whispering playing flutters around it, nurturing each note before it drops. Themes die off and swell again, improvisations trickle in. Classical and jazz are timelessly connected, while you sink deep into it with indefinable thoughts.
All About Jazz
Elegy, performed by the Jazz ensemble Aeon Trio featuring Japanese pianist-composer Atzko Kohashi, Dutch bassist Frans van der Hoeven and Russian-born cellist Maya Fridman, draws on the diverse streams of the Netherlands musical pool. The album, structured in a Chamber – Jazz framework, consists of reinterpreted standards, group improvisations, and original compositions by pianist Atzko Kohashi.
The duo of Kohashi and van der Hoeven have performed together for several years. They appear on the albums Lujon, Waltz for Debby and Amstel Moments, and that partnership is the solid structure into which the adventurous Classical Cellist Maya Fridman opens new doorways.
The term “Chamber Jazz” is often used to describe music that isn’t actually Jazz, but would be better characterized as new creative music. The music of Aeon Trio is both Jazz and new creative music, not one or the other, interspersing standards with group improvisation. The set has an arch-like structure, or it could better be analogized as a journey.
The interposing of a classically trained cellist into a well-established Jazz piano and bass duo provokes a three-way conversation not only of musical personalities, as in all jazz performance, but of musical idioms. Throughout the album, Maya Fridman’s improvisations blend motifs from twentieth-century Classical tradition into a seamless Jazz tapestry woven by pianist Kohashi and bassist van der Hoeven. It might sound artificial in words, but as realized in these recorded performances, the divergent musical vocabularies operate inventively, and achieve a commonality of purpose.
It is no exaggeration to state that Elegy is one of the best-sounding hi-res recordings of Jazz or Contemporary Music in my collection.
Beter Beeld & Geluid
The Aeon Trio consists of cellist Maya Fridman, pianist Atzko Kohashi and standing acoustic bassist Frans van der Hoeven.
Together they form a jazz trio that goes much further than just the idiom of Jazz. The piano and bass definitely put down a jazz sound, but the cello played by Maya Fridman creates a classic ‘feel’ and then an avant-garde slant. Despite the style of each of the musicians, their interplay is magical and the service of the compositions.
The album tracks are composed by Carla Bley (Útviklingssang), Ornette Coleman (Lonely Woman), Antônio Carlos Jobim (Zingaro, Luíza) and John Williams (Elegy). It also features a classical piece by Gabriel Fauré (Lamento) and some numbers by Atzko Kohashi and the Aeon Trio itself.
All the compositions are sublimely their own in the implementation and instrumentation and never sound forced or imposed. Especially the sometimes sweet and soft, sometimes hard and the crest of notes played by Fridman give the music a great dynamism and expression, with many goose bump moments, especially in the ‘Lonely Woman’ and ‘Lamento’ tracks. What an exciting and versatile cellist!
By using the best microphones, high end cables and custom-built electronics, this album was recorded with a very real sound reminiscent of the best ECM recordings. It all sounds very transparent, warm and direct – just a recording of absolute reference class.
You will want to simply download this fascinating and enchanting album!
Chattelin Audio Systems
Highly recommended. Elegy is probably the most lifelike sounding music download we have experienced over the years. A true masterpiece!
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