Tempted to Smile
Recorded in November 2002. Mixed in March 2003 at Guerilla Recording. Mastered in March 2003 at the Headless Buddha. All by Myles Boisen.
What the critics are saying:
"The string trio is one of the most versatile vehicles for Free Improvisation, largely due to the broad variety of sounds and flexibility of the instruments. It is also one of the few groupings that remain partially untapped. Sitting somewhat uncomfortably on the edges of the genre, experienced pros Fred Frith and Joelle Leandre are joined by Jonathan Segel for an inventive, exploratory, and often disturbing set of improvisations that demand close attention from the listener because of both the level of detail and abstraction. Frith and Leandre have often flirted with cross-genres, the former coming primarily from an avant-rock perspective, while the bassist is rightly identified more with Avant-Garde Jazz and modern classical composition. They meet on common ground here, with no direct hints at anything in their pasts and Segal (also coming from a mostly rock perspective) has no difficulty fitting in."
"Of all the musicians with a non-jazz background who have embraced improv over the past few years, British-born, California-based guitarist/composer Fred Frith seems to have brought the most to the table by using freer impulses to amplify his own versatility. ...
—Ken Waxman, Jazz Weekly
"....The trio pronounces a rather organic sound. But one of the main attributes of this set features the musicians' explorative ways and means of extracting sounds from their acoustic instruments. It's sort of like capturing or perhaps fabricating more voices or tonalities out of their instruments, where they transmit divergent contrasts via a multileveled approach. ... It's a mission of discovery and expansion."
—Glenn Astarita, Jazz Review