I think that if I were a bassist who wrote his own tunes, I’d want Tony Malaby in my band. The guy’s equipped-he can read down anything and improvise his tail off, besides. Add that he’s unusually intense, and you have the perfect horn player for über-bassist Mark Helias’ Open Loose. As befits the trio’s name (drummer Tom Rainey is the third member; tenorist Ellery Eskelin guests on one cut), Helias writes sophisticated if relatively slight sketches that serve primarily as platforms for collective improvisation.
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