Mambo Noir Trio
treats its source material with a tentative playfulness that allows vibraphone timbres time to diffuse and roll out, while double bass loops keep the musical movement grounded. This approach is somewhat reminiscent of the American composer and “father of exotica” Martin Denny, with the harmonic nuances and melodic accessibility of jazz pianist Jan Johansson. Rhythmically the record brings to mind the bluesy, freewheeling sound of the Ethiopian singer, pianist and nun Emahoy Tsegue´-Maryam Guebrou.
Recorded live in Matti Bye’s Studio Barnängen, the album features nine tracks of sure-handedly improvised music for piano, percussion and vibraphone. From the Manciniesque opening track Noir that is receiving consistent plays on BBC 6 Music, to the shifting lullaby mood of Fin that bookend the record through the waltzy Clouds, the music and dramaturgy unfold, painting slow seductive circles of faintly recognisable memories.
Matti Bye — piano and electronics
Vilhelm Bromander — double bass
Dennis Egberth — drums and percussion
“Mambo Noir Trio have crafted a work of artistry and understatement, which rewards repeat listen with fresh narratives and sub-plots.” Songlines Magazine / 4 stars
"Gripping, fascinating and a wonderful drama roll... Are you ready for your new favourite band?" Gaffa Magazine / 5 stars
“Mambo Noir Trio deftly drop kicks the traditional kitsch stylings of the Cuban genre into touch, replacing it with an altogether cooler, smokey jazz club vibe by way of a David Lynch-type darkness…” Rock n Reel / R2 Magazine
BBC 6 Music- repeatedly plays Noir and Matador on Gideon Coe´s program.