Hansford Rowe + HR3 (Montréal)
Julien Sandiford, guitar
Hansford Rowe, bass
Max Lazich, drums
You canâ€™t create without destroying â€“ that doesnâ€™t mean scorched earth is HR3â€™s method. They kill you softly. They take you under slowly giving you time to visit musical subtleties along the way that require a moment.
Bassist Hansford Rowe has scorched with quite a variety of characters along the rocky road; - Allan Holdsworth, BirĂ©li LagrĂ¨ne, Mike Oldfield, David Fiuczynski, Mick Taylor, John Martyn, microtonal maestro Jon Catler, David Torn, Gary Husband, Pierre Moerlen (as a member of PMâ€™s Gong).
It has all cleared a path to the fountains of creative youth that are two twenty year old sages named Max and Julien. It couldnâ€™t be predicted but you know it is right. Just like their music. Critics have begun talking about Julienâ€™s playing with reference to some major jazz icons but thatâ€™s what they doâ€¦ Julien sounds like Julien. And Max is just Max. No need to compare him to Colaiuta or Tony Williamsâ€¦
Journalist Frank Beacham had this to say, "Very rarely in this life does one get to seeâ€”up close and personalâ€”an eruption of singular young talent that is both mesmerizing and thrilling. But last night, I had such a moment in a small New York City nightclub at the American musical debut of two 20-year-old Canadiansâ€”guitarist Julien Sandiford and drummer Max Lazich. Teamed with veteran American bass player, Hansford Rowe, this new trio is called HR3. What was barely contained on this small stage was a musical tour de force driven by three talented improvisational artists."
A wounded road warrior meets two young bucks. Together they confront the beast. HR3 is a jazz power trio that just may singe your soul as they seek beauty at the edge of order.
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