Frode Gjerstad alto saxphone
Recorded by Frode Gjerstad at Dudversive Studio
Notting Hill Gate, London, November 1996
Loose Torque LT 004
Price (pounds sterling) £10.00 + p&p £1. 95
Frode and I
started Calling Signals after an all day memorial concert for John Stevens.
We played a trio with Norwegian percussionist Terje Isungset and were
followed onstage by trombonist Paul Rutherford. We determined afterwards
to form a quartet. We toured the UK with the aid of an Arts Council
Bursary and played gigs in Norway.
of these parallel dialogues one gets the picture of a division between
the ones who talk more calmly (Gjerstad’s ever-articulated emissions,
Stephens’ patient excavations in the multiple opportunities offered
by an acoustic bass) and those who instead mostly hit, run then stop
thinking about their next move but decide to do the opposite (Poulsen’s
phrasing mixes Frith, Rypdal and noise in equal doses). Moholo is just
wonderfully selective, always in the thick of the action with controlled
angularity, his playing showing no sign of repetitiveness whatsoever.
The menage a trois between Gjerstad, an arcoed Stephens and Poulsen
in “Dots and dashes” is highly charged and totally vicious,
while “The breeze and us” whispers memories of Ovary Lodge.
“Calling signals” is an album permeated by sheer sincerity
and bursting with lucid visions by four artists whose aerials fear no
interference or bad weather, totally contradicting the theory according
to which records of improvised music should ideally be listened only
thing is continually complex, fascinating, and, best of all, it unfolds
right in front of your ears."