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Sophie Min - Open (2019)

LISTEN Pianist Sophie Min has emerged as a creative force within Brisbane's modest jazz scene. Following collaborations with James Sherlock and Ben Shannon , Min's third release for 2019 is a slab of heartfelt free improvisation named Open . Taken from a single session in Sophie's home, local players Tim Green and Helen Svoboda appear on drums and bass to explore each other's styles across 5 concise tracks. The music might be dense and complex, but for avant-garde jazz it's refreshingly human. Opening cut GBDF is stunningly intimate: cyclic melodies in Sophie's right hand struggle to maintain form as they're met with swells of lush percussion and stuttering bass. Each element overflows into a delicate push and pull of ideas where no one member ever takes control. Star Explosion starts out similarly serene, its title describing Min's sparse flecks of tonal colour dominating the piece. When melodies do emerge they're ambiguous and stagger