Title:               Border Crossing

 By:                  Antonio Arnedo / Brian Willson

 Released in:   2010

 Format:          CD

 Catalog No:    MW 824-2

 Price :             12 EUR


1. Fee Fi Fo Fum (Shorter) [08:37]

2. March To Peace [04:35]

3. D Minor [13:15]

4. In A Sentimental Mood (Ellington) [09:07]

5. All Booze [05:12]

6. Dibujo (Arnedo) [05:16]

7. Morning Sun [05:38]

8. Border Crossing [06:29]

9. Prelude To Freedom [01:48]

10. Equinox (Coltrane) [09:55]



Antonio Arnedo - saxophone

Dominic Duval - bass

Brian Willson - drums




Antonio Arnedo hails from Columbia, South America where he met Brian Willson at a Contemporary Music Festival in Bogota. Mr. Willson you might recall from a fine trio effort with Dominic Duval on the Deep Listening label from a few years back. This solid trio disc features a few covers (Wayne Shorter, Duke Ellington & John Coltrane) as well as some wonderful group improvisations/compositions. Wayne Shorter's "Fee Fi Fo Fum" is first and it is done most elegantly. Antonio's sublime sailing soprano, Dominic's bubbling bass and Brian's brushes swirl together magically. Dominic's dynamic bass is often at the center of the trio while the soprano and drums move in waves around him. On "March to Peace" the trio play freely with slow burning intensity, they sound as if they are on the verge of erupting but never quite do. The group improvisations are where this trio really soars together, weaving around one another in solid integrated tapestry. Throughout "In a Sentimental Mood" Dominic's bass keeps a long-flowing, running dialogue with Brian sizzling cymbals and Antonio's sublime sax. The one original piece is called "Dibujo" by Mr. Arnedo and it is sounds like a slightly twisted dream as it lurks towards a quirky conclusion. The final piece is Trane's classic "Equinox" and a perfect closing song with some fine, haunting soprano from Antonio. This trio plays together as if they have been playing for many years, which is great considering that this was their first session together. 


(Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery)