Stephane Kerecki Trio - Houria
French bassist Stephane Kerecki occasionally recalls his countryman Henri Texier in his approach to combining group improvisation with composition, but he is very much his own man, and brings an intriguing mixture of influences to the table on this fine set. Houria means ‘freedom’ in Arabic, and there is an overt feel of Algerian and Moroccan music (he has worked for several years with Algerian singer Jamel Allam) throughout the music, as well as an evocative strain of early church music.
The bassist leads his regular trio with saxophonist Matthieu Donarier and drummer Thomas Grimmonprez, but his trump card is the addition of New York saxophonist Tony Malaby, a perfect fit with the spontaneous improvisational principles underlying the music, and a powerful solo presence. They do both gently reflective and robustly muscular with equal aplomb.