|Arild Andersen - Molde Concert
|Arild Andersen assembled this distinguished line-up for a dynamic one-off concert at the 1981 Molde Jazz Festival. CD reissue adds more than 20 minutes of previously unreleased material, and the original dramaturgy of the performance has also been restored. (ECM note)
Arild Anderson's Molde Concert was recorded in Norway in 1981. For this first CD release, Anderson has chosen twenty additional minutes of material and programmed the CD in concert order.
Besides the strong, driving bass of Anderson, the album also feature guitarist Bill Frisell, pianist John Taylor and drummer Alphonse Mouzon. Frisell's playing shines throughout the concert—his playing is strong, imaginative and ringing. (This could almost be called a Frisell date.)
Two highlights are "Targeta," a gentle and lyrical tune which features Taylor's piano and Frisell's guitar, and "Six For Alphonse," a more extroverted tune, with a roaring drum solo, featuring some driving triplets and rolls from Alphonse Mouzon. (One doesn't usually think of drummer Mouzon, who's played with Weather Report and Eleventh House, as an "ECM drummer," but he gives some punch to the playing without being overbearing.) And his playing perhaps pushes Taylor to be more outgoing than usual.
All in all, this is an excellent concert recording of this band.
— Alan Lankin, June 2001, jazzmatazz.home.att.net