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Klaus Suonsaari and Frank Carlberg: Fallingwater

Drummer-composer Klaus Suonsaari is slowly but surely building a catalog of impressionistic yet edgy ECM-like music on his KSJazz label. Originally from Finland, Suonsaari now makes his home in New Jersey, but he often calls on his native country’s musicians for recording dates, which is the case with these two discs.

On Fallingwater, Suonsaari and keyboardist Frank Carlberg revisit the partnership heard on Offering (KSJazz, 2004). The duo traffics in European art song (“Notebooks”), Enoesque jazz (“Marita”) and avant-garde scratchings (“Kai”). Suonsaari plays drums, marimba and various other percussion items, while Carlberg sticks to piano primarily save for some distorted Fender Rhodes bits as on the two-part “Federico.” All but one of the 11 tunes-Thelonious Monk’s “Little Rootie Tootie”-were composed by either Suonsaari or Carlberg, and their music is abstract yet lovely.

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