Bird is the Worm – Santos Silva | Zetterberg | Lindwall – If Nothing Else

By Dave Sumner

There’s an ominous tone throughout the nifty new recording by trumpeter Susana Santos Silva, bassist Torbjörn Zetterberg and organist Hampus Lindwall. The long low drones let the implication of a threat hang in the air, and not even the intermittent melodic surge acts as a denial. The music is a sigh, it’s a moan, it’s peacefully humming, and it’s the long, lovely exhalation as if that breath might be the last. Atonality and subtle dissonance are the main course on this intriguing album, but the way the trio cloak it with a murky, fading serenity is what cinches the album as a definite recommendation.


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