Partikel - Cohesion (3 stars)

Trio’s flexible, responsive interplay maintains interest in material a little samey at times

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Partikel - Cohesion

(Whirlwind Recordings)

Partikel are a London-based saxophone trio led by Duncan Eagles, with Max Luthert on bass and Eric Ford on drums. Sonny Rollins probably remains the most famous exemplar of the challenges and rewards of the saxophone trio, with its limited tonal palette and degree of exposure for the horn player. Eagles generally rises impressively to that challenge on both tenor and soprano, and the trio’s flexible, responsive interplay – well-honed in regular gigging – maintains both energy and interest in material that can sound a little samey at times.

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