2019 CD release.
The beauty of long musical relationships can be the culmination of many things. The familial bond that is created from sharing and living together, the influence of bandmates on one another and welcome surprises can keep these bonds fresh and enervating. Pianist Anat Fort and her trio mates have been making music together for twenty years and continue to grow and share in new ways, as is evinced on their new recording, Colour.
Producing an album for the first time in 15 years, Fort chose to highlight the expressive range of the trio in a much freer approach than that of their past few releases. Colour shines a new light on the trio for listeners, fully incorporating Fort’s pop and rock inspirations and opening ears to the full potential of the trio’s dynamic breadth on a program of original compositions by Fort.
The program begins with the opening “BBB,” a breezy declaration of intention with a rhapsodic charm. The gospel imbued “Sort Of” is a favorite of the composer and a perfect example of the trio’s natural blues feeling. Named for its animalistic lope, “The Limp” is an old composition reborn with a laid back, eastern vibe. The atmospheric “Part” is presented twice, once as a trio and again as a solo piano performance. The poignant melody of the piece makes it stand apart, no matter the presentation.
The title of the lively “Tirata Tiratata” is an onomatopoeia of the melody’s rhythmic musical phrase. The song was written for a performance at the Rubin Museum in New York and highlights the pianist playing two parts against each other in a sort of frenetic duet. The somber “Goor Katan” is a lovely, lyrical piece about the unfortunate loss of a sick kitten. The churning “Free” is a chart-less piece that has existed since the inception of the group, though always a unique journey, this is the first time it has been put to record. “Heal and…” is actually made up of two compositions that Fort felt worked better together, the first being a bright and meditative tone poem slowly progressing into the latter, a raucous, tension infused sendoff.
Two decades of brilliant collaboration and love have guided Anat Fort and her trio to the heights of musical creation. Their new recording, Colour, provides ample proof of the group’s enlivening spirit and the warm hues that their sound provides.
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