TRIOSCOPE with special guest INGRID LAUBROCK
Bonington Theatre, High Street, Arnold
Thursday, 28 September 2006
By Trudie Squires
THE inclusion of German-born saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock added much to the depth and character of this cohesive, hard working unit, led by Danish pianist Marko Martinovic. Trioscope is based in Denmark and in its seven years existence has been resident group at Copenhagen’s famed Christiania Jazz Club. Completing the line-up were Kristor Brødsgaard (bass guitar) and Janus Templeton (drums). The compositions played were mostly originals penned by Martinovic, revealing his passion for contrasting harmonic textures and constantly changing rhythmic patterns. The up-tempo numbers developed a fresh urgency, while slower compositions like Memorandum were notable for the pianist’s choice of dynamically rich chords over which Laubrock’s wistful sax weaved gorgeous overtones. Ingrid explained how she and Marko Martinovic had first met when she took lessons from Marko's father. For a time, while they were still both in their teens, they played together in groups around Copenhagen before going their different ways and have only recently resumed their musical association. I found Ingrid’s playing has matured much more since she first arrived in the UK some 12 years ago; she has developed a full rich tone, an appealing sound with a subtle hard edge that is a hallmark of her style. She excelled on the only standard played on the gig; a powerful version of Cole Porter’s What Is This Thing Called Love? Martinovic’s piano style was at times explosive and restless, but his choice of chords in the slower numbers and picked up by Brødsgaard’s sensitive bass guitar, added an admirable richness to the group’s sound. Janus Templeton was an astute and perceptive percussionist; a great punctuator and immaculate soloist. One original that stood out in the first set was Martinovic’s Inconsequence Of Life, which featured the group’s clean, uncluttered sound. Laubrock’s tenor took over from Martinovic’s fast flowing piano and found her in complete control. Ingrid laid down the theme on You Had Your Time and after beautiful chord exchanges between piano and bass guitar, she soloed with quicksilver phrasing and an endless flow of ideas. A Delusion was another prime example of the group’s ability to swing like mad. Again it featured fast, clean exchanges, taken at express speed; more gorgeous piano from Marko in an ambitious composition exploring new horizons.