The Stone House is a dazzling disc, one in which guitarists Mark Wingfield and Markus Reuter, bassist Yaron Stavi and drummer Asaf Sirkis all command both the lyricism and the virtuosity required to make this music hauntingly memorable. Among its ghostly echoes seems to be something of what one once heard in that seminal Miles David record, In A Silent Way; there is a linear specificity and almost chamber-like repartee between the four musicians through all of the unexpected twists and turns of these wholly improvised pieces. This is more front-of-house in the sometimes barnstorming manner of the thicker, ambitions moments of “Fjords de Catalunya” and the whirling figurations, thoughtfully processed in “Bona Nit Señor Rovira”.
Some of the lyrical, more introspective works represent a captivating fusion of the musicians’ (especially Wingfield and Reuter) represent a captivating fusion of subtle colour palette and poetic impulses, as in the texturally three-dimensional “Silver” or in the achingly probing account of “Taresque”. Overall the music sounds even more luminous and cultivated than a lot of music that leans towards the more atmospheric sonic landscapes. The virtuoso playing of both Mr Wingfield and Markus Reuter’s custom guitars is also marked with a tensile dynamism. One also marvels at the sheer ingenuity of rhythmic invention on the part of Yaron Stavi and Asaf Sirkis and the rippling phrases and rotary patterns played – with a little help of the sustain pedal – by the guitarists.
Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Yaron Stavi and Asaf Sirkis combine with transcendent empathy to pace the music with absolute precision. This is something that probably comes from virtually living in each other’s heads – at least for the duration of this music. It also makes for the marked ebullience throughout this music and the bristling rhythmic vitality, tricky voice-leading colours and constantly shifting harmonic colours with which it is played from “Rush” to “Bona Nit Señor Rovira”.
Track list – 1: Rush; 2: Four Moons; 3: Silver; 4: Fjords de Catalunya; 5: Tarasque; 6: Bona Nit Señor Rovira
Personnel – Mark Wingfield: guitar; Markus Reuter: Touch Guitars® AU8; Yaron Stavi: fretless bass; Asaf Sirkis: drums
Released – 2017
Label – MoonJune Records
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