It is hard to think of a jazz ensemble that wastes fewer notes than the trio led by bassist Arild Andersen with tenor saxophonist Tommy Smith and drummer Paolo Vinaccia. They make concentrated music. In-House Science is their third recording on ECM in the last decade. Like the first one, Live at Belleville, it was recorded in concert.
The opening piece, wistful as a lullaby, is “Mira.” It was the title track of their second (studio) CD. “North of the Northwind” is more of the mysterious lyricism that Andersen owns. No bassist alive plays solos with a stronger sense of yearning. They tug at the heart. Andersen also uses electronics with aesthetic purpose and restraint. He augments his arco bass with a sampler and creates a carpet of mysterious sonorities, then switches to pizzicato and continues soloing over his electronic orchestra. He can make bass notes hang in the air like omens.