Epic in scope, ?3ree? is dynamic in the space that it fills. Although most of these jams are relatively short, the record feels hours long; Tanake pack their space with volume and density; here, silence works as a constant bottom to the mix.
On ?3ree,? the Italian band is a trio lead by Roberto Acciaro on guitar and trombone, with Martino Acciaro on drums and Maurizio Bosa on bass. While the rhythm sections normally drive the music Tanake uses as default reference points?free jazz, no-wave skronk?here they are more positioned to plant on what solid ground there is, and let Roberto do the improvisational legwork. With the exception of some serious brass freakout on ?Ingedienti per 3 persone,? most of the explorations are on guitar.
All the songs were recorded live, with no overdubbing, and it is in that atmosphere that the rhythm section shines, keeping that bottom solid and always offering a place in which to return.
Tanake takes these eleven songs to the edge of free jazz and sludge rock, but always make room for more sublime interludes. ?Dustin Soup,? in particular, fuses the majestic and free into a powerful mix that creates its own structure. ?3ree? is filled with many such inspired moments. 8/10 -- Mike Wood (18 March, 2008)