Hand To Mouth

by Solar Fire Trio

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John Cratchley High octane, fully committed improv...like Coltrane's 'Interstellar Space' + an extra sax...great drumming too; be prepared to seriously buy in to these workouts.
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Babble 00:43
Savage Grace 17:45


recorded 10th October 2006 at Vulcan, Liverpool

review of original cassette release on Sky Fi -
"Opening with the Aylerian call to arms of “Babble,” the trio immediately proves themselves nimble and coherent improvisers. Dickaty’s tenor growls and honks forward while Jackson’s alto punctuates a driving counterpoint. Yet the key here is in the lone man out, Belger, and his immensely creative drum work. Never one to merely accompany, the percussionist is always at the head of the piece, helping to forge it from the ground up with energetic form. The title track’s opening, a solo by Belger, is patient and spatial before Dickaty's soprano steps in with a snake charming melody, his airy tone floating about in wavering breathiness.

Yet the point here is not in the strength of their melodic work, which is perfectly capable and quite beautiful in parts, but in their abilities as a collective. There’s a continuous undercurrent of groove that keeps all members meshed toward a common end. With so few players present and only two types of instruments the sound is inevitably a spacious one, but the zephyr-like mobility on display is just as easily corralled into fits of tone, as on “Stony Ground.” With each line so apparent at all times though, it is just as easy to follow along with interest as it is to get caught in the maelstrom. And that is an achievement in its own right. If anything, the closing track title, “Savage Grace,” is a perfect descriptor." - Foxy Digitalis


released November 29, 2013

Dave Jackson - alto sax, Ray Dickaty - tenor sax. soprano sax on Stoney Ground, Steve Belger - drums


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Solar Fire Trio Liverpool, UK

"Only John Coltrane around ’67 is in any way as brutally wanton as these thugs" - Julian Cope
Solid, savage blurt." Thurston Moore
"serious fucking shitkicking sax/drums heads down freeblurt that roars out of the speakers like some long-forgotten ESP-Disk trio who've mainlined that same vein of fuck off that fuelled Blue Cheer" - Dr Womm's Medicine Cabinet
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