fit - The Alister Spence Trio – 2009Rufus Records
'This is a massive breakthrough for the Alister Spence Trio; a collective leap of imagination far beyond anything the band has attempted before. On most pieces, all vestiges of a conventional piano-bass-drums jazz trio are erased, replaced by three-way real-time composing, with a microscope placed on group texture, so that tiny contributions from each instrument become monumental parts of the enthralling music. The result is that Spence's piano and electronics, Lloyd Swanton's bass and Toby Hall's drums and glockenspiel emerge as utterly equal partners. Even when the bass and drums revert to rhythm section functions as on Five Hundred Suns, the piano is reined in and shares the misty foreground with Hall's glockenspiel. The programming is also inspired, creating a narrative studded with contrasts. An accompanying DVD contains films by Louise Curham to go with three tracks.'
Sydney Morning Herald