For the latest Trio album, Van Oswald substitutes Vladislav Delay with Tony Allen. The afro-beat legend's influence looms large throughout, and that's a good thing. This is most audible on "04.4" and "05.5", where jazzy, rainy-day chords are underpinned by crashing snares and subtle, rhythmic shuffles. On other occasions, like "06.6", Allen's tight playing threatens to overpower Van Oswald's nuanced sound scapes, but despite its fluid nature, the trio is nothing if not cohesive in its restraint. Elsewhere, Van Oswald and Loderbauer take control, and "01.1" and "02.2", droning textures take precedence. It's be interesting to hear who Van Oswald puts behind the drums next, but on Sounding Lines, Allen's presence is a welcome one.
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