- 1. PELLEGRINI'S PLAYERS (04:11)
- 2. WARUM NICHT? (06:52)
- 3. ACHILLES HEALS (04:45)
- 4. LITTLE LITOTES BLUES (15:23)
- 5. PAR ENSEMBLE (04:19)
- 6. THREE PLANETS (08:46)
- 7. FLETCH 'N' SKETCH (04:59)
- 8. ZUM DREISPIEL (11:34)
- 9. MUSIQUE POUR UN PARAPLUIE PERDU (02:00)
- 10. PACHYDERM'S CANON (08:24)
- 11. SEEING AS HOW YOU SAID IT SO ELEGANTLY THE ANSWER IS… (07:28)
Accordion – Ute Völker
Guitar – John Russell
Violin – Mathieu Werchowski
A very fine acoustic (guitar, accordion and violin) improvising trio, made up of three musicians of three different ages from three different countries. Put together by a promoter for a French festival in 2001, they related so well that they have continued to get together whenever possible to make great music. 79 minutes.
Excerpts from sleeve notes:
Here's a rarity - a group put together by a festival promoter that not only makes great music but wants to play together. Our thanks and admiration must go to Emmanuelle Pellegrini who had the foresight to see that these three players would make a trio, even though they are three different ages and come from three different countries: from England, John Russell (born 1954) based in London; from Germany, Ute Völker (born 1963) based in Wuppertal; and from France, Mathieu Werchowski (born 1973) based in Grenoble.
They came together in Verdun for the festival Densitée 2001. I'd heard good reports of their performance, but was unaware of the music of the younger two. After several performances in France, John Russell arranged for the trio to play four gigs on four consecutive evenings in four London venues. He also asked me to record them at my house during the second day.
The first concert was at the Red Rose - one of Russell's Mopomoso series - where they played opposite Evan Parker (and ended up as a quartet). It was obvious from the start that this trio was a superb group (not necessarily the same thing as a supergroup), so the recording session the following day was obviously going to be a pleasure. They positioned themselves around my stereo mike, and made great music for a couple of hours.
The accordion is relatively rare in free improvisation, but Ute Völker shows there's enormous potential for it - her playing should convert anyone who does not take the instrument seriously. There is currently no shortage of fine improvising violinists, but Mathieu Werchowski shows himself to be one of the best. And John Russell as usual confirms his status as one of the handful of guitar greats around today. As for the trio - it's one of those groups that are even greater than the considerable sum of its parts.
MARTIN DAVIDSON (2004)