Gush is Mats Gustafsson (reeds), Sten Sandell (piano) and Raymond Strid (drums), a Scandinavian free-improvising trio that’s been around since the late ’80s. It’s clear from this recording that they’ve learned a thing or two in their time together. On three very long improvisations (the shortest lasting nearly 14 minutes) the three seem to follow effortlessly each other’s most unexpected or volatile moves. Sandell matches Gustafsson’s milder moments with single-note lines and small figures at the extreme ends of the keyboard. When Gustafsson inevitably erupts, he responds with throbbing, dense chords repeated over and over again. Strid gives the music a thrust without spelling out the beat or trying to overpower the other two. He meets every jab and punch from Gustafsson and Sandell with a felicitous gesture.
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