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Tenor and soprano saxophonist Louie Belogenis, known for his work in the bands of drummer Rashied Ali and Sunny Murray, explores the language of Ayler and Coltrane within a spacious chamber aesthetic. Flow Trio is a group he co-leads with bassst Joe Morris and drummer Charles Down (Rashid Bakr), and Set Theory is their third disc to date. While their music is captivatingly energetic, this isn't just a "power trio": listen, for instance, to the sinewy West African trance that concludes the half-hour title piece, Morris and Downs spry and locked-in beside soft, curling soprano. "InfinTrinity" hews closer to Ayler with its yawning, gravelly tenor, but the harmonic bedrock supplied by Morris's arco bass and Downs's skittering, upended beat contributes to a relaxed pan-tempo feel. A stripped-down pizzicato bass solo leads into a velvety nocturne, Morris and Downs' minimalist rattle undergirding sandblasted stoicism. After a brief tenor-drums duet, in which Downs' response is measured enough to be nearly silent, a tenor scream clears the air for a gutsy reprise. Set Theory combines group listening and anabashed power.
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