Gareth Davis – Bass Clarinet
Leo Fabriek – Drums
Thomas Cruijsen – Guitar
Cassette on Samling Recordings, released 04 October 2012
A – Untitled
B – Untitled
Mere is a trio consisting of Thomas Cruijsen, Leo Fabriek (The Julie Mittens) and bass clarinet all-star Gareth Davis. They met each other while working on a Dutch TV documentary called ‘Visserman’. Afterwards they decided to further explore their collaboration as Mere.
This tape brings two pieces of their improvised free-jazz, which Mere takes to a more slow and darker territory.
The two pieces show a restrained focus. The omnious humming of Thomas’ bow running along the strings, recalling eastern drones or even no-wave, makes an excellent base for the gorgeous whimsical style of Gareth. Carefully the tension builds up – guided by the open drum work of Leo Fabriek – to a point where they release some pressure but never to explode.
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