Exposé Online banner

WEI3 — Kaliko
(Circum-Disc 1-90394-93390-6, 2016, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2017-03-05

Kaliko Cover art

At the heart of this jazz trio is Jarry Singla, an Indo-German pianist who also plays Indian harmonium, with influences ranging from European musical traditions and a variety of jazz styles, as well as classical and folk music from non-European cultures. French drummer Peter Orins (also a member of Kaze and TOC) and polish upright bassist Maciej Garbowski (also a founding member of the RGG Trio, as well as work with Terje Rypdal, Tomasz Stanko, and others), both doubling on electronics, round out the group. The band is named for the Weimar Triangle of France, Germany and Poland, the respective homes of the three musicians. The ten compositions at hand are written either by Singla or Garbowski, covering a variety of primarily jazz styles leaning toward the classic sound of the late 50s (reminiscent of the late Vince Guaraldi at times) with strong influences from classical European roots, leaving plenty of room for interpretation and improvisation, and of course the folk and indo-ethnic elements that are brought in by Singla. Without a second main melodic instrument (although the bass rises to the occasion at times) the piano is pretty much always in the spotlight and drives the trio’s direction; fortunately Singla is a diverse composer and player and keeps the proceedings moving forward in multiple directions. The overall feel is somewhat laid back and not at all aggressive, but interesting and filled with emotion. Yet to see is if Kaliko is a one-off or whether there will be more releases to come.


Filed under: New releases, 2016 releases

Related artist(s): WEI3

Latest news

2017-11-16
Celebrate 10 Years of Fruits de Mer – As a special celebration for a decade of cool vinyl releases, our friends at Fruits de Mer records have prepared a limited edition reissue of an album by the first band ever to appear on the label: Schizo Fun Addict. The band is known for unusual release strag » Read more

2017-11-02
Mega Dodo Presents New Charity Album – Our friends at Mega Dodo have put together a lovely compilation of their artists performing new arrangements of nursery rhymes, and all the profits from sales of the album will benefit Save the Children. It features a number of artists we've covered. » Read more

2017-10-18
Phil Miller RIP – Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more

2017-10-13
Moonjune to Distribute Tony Levin's Back Catalog – It has been announced that Moonjune will now handle distribution for Tony Levin's catalog of releases. These great albums will now be a bit easier to get hold of, so check out the site and see what you're missing. The veteran of King Crimson and Stick Men worked with a host of great players on these albums, and we've reviewed most of them over the course of the years. » Read more

2017-09-26
Bandcamp Shines Light on Niches We Like – Bandcamp has developed into one of the best places to discover new music, and even a lot of old music is showing up there. In addition, their staff has been producing periodic articles spotlighting some interesting stylistic areas. On 20 September, they published one called "The New Face of Prog Rock" which bears checking out. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Billy Currie - Still Movement – Billy Currie’s most recent solo album can be categorized as being squarely in the new age/techno bordering on ambient but within in a slightly more favorable light. Currie has continued to...  (2005) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues