Around a year and a half ago I put in my annual order to Discus Records (is it safe to call Discus the home of Sheffield Improv recordings, without offending someone?). As the site explains, for each £20 you spend, you can claim one further item for just £1. Having chosen two for a tenner each (including ASK's Acoustic Quartet), there wasn't anything else I coveted massively, but I wasn't going to pass up the £1 offer, so I took a punt on Trio.
I must have left Sheffield by the time Beatrix Ward-Fernandez became a part of the Sheffield scene, but many times have I seen the other two members of the trio, Charlie Collins and Derek Saw. (All three are also members of Mick Beck's latest big band.)
BWF plays theremin and violin, Charlie's on percussion and Derek on tuba. The CD notes say, "the combination of electronics and brass is, in 20thC music, as classic as the string quartet or piano trio in earlier musics." I only read that just now, and when I was listening earlier on, I felt that the combination was almost too comfortable. Though the textures are quite different, they occupy the same space and skirt round each other endlessly, with only the skittering drums to give the sound more depth.
Trio didn't draw me in when I first got it, and I've barely listened to it until now. There could well be more to it, but I haven't found it yet.
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