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Mark Sanders - John Edwards - John Butcher

Butcher has performed quite extensively with bassist John Edwards and fairly frequently with drummer Mark Sanders, who in turn have played together so often that the question is how it took them until 2016 to play as a trio.
Their collective familiarity eliminates the need to figure out what works; instead, each musician seems to be simultaneously provoking and enhancing the efforts of his fellows.
On Signal tiny sounds build to an extraordinary three-part counterpoint of blunt strums, pungent trills and a constellation of contrasting drum skin and cymbal textures; then the piece resolves so suddenly that you almost resent its elegant, ruthless logic.

© Bill Meyer / WIRE - Dec 2017.