Patrick Breiner – tenor saxophone, clarinet, voice
Mette Henriette Martedatter Rolvag – tenor saxophone
Max Goldman – drums
Aella is a trio started when Mette was planning a trip to New York from her home of Norway and decided do some searching on myspace for some musicians to collaborate with. Through this she met Patrick who then asked me to join them for some improvising. We decided after the first or second time playing together that we had to plan a tour and make a record of improvised music. A few months later we did just that.
What Bruce Lee Gallanter from Downtown Music Gallery has to say about this record:
AELLA [PATRICK BREINER//MAX GOLDMAN/METTE HENRIETTE MERTEDATTER
ROLVAG] – Aella (‘577’ Records 5782; USA) Featuring Patrick Breiner on tenor sax & clarinet, Mette Henriette Martedatter Rolvag on tenor sax and Max Goldman on drums.
“Wow! This is really something else!
Twice in the past week, folks have asked what I was playing, they were completely knocked out by this unknown gem! Saxist Patrick Breiner has appeared on some half dozen discs that I’ve reviewed over the past year or two with Will McEvoy and Brad Henkel. Drummer Max Goldman is also found on another recent 577 CD with Dave Schnug. I hadn’t heard of Ms. Rolvag before this disc but it turns out that she
is Norwegian and probably part of a scene I know little about.
Although this music is fully free or improvised, it doesn’t sound like that much of the time. Midway through this disc, there is a piece called Caged that is amazing! The drummer plays a throbbing, repeating pattern while one sax repeats a riff and the other sax solos around the repeating riff. Both saxes seem to shadow each other, dancing tightly around the central flame or rhythm, spinning tightly in separate yet related orbits. All three members of this trio are integral to the solid group sound. On AE both saxes center in on microscopic bent notes and twisted breath-like sounds while the drummer plays slow textural sounds. It sounds as if this trio has been playing together for a while (they had just done a tour around this time) as they work extremely well together. Another treasure from the school of outstanding unknowns.
– Bruce Lee Gallanter,
Downtown Music Gallery