This is a very fine drum duo, whose sounds are full of diversity and always retain their musicality.

Bead Records CD BEAD 45

Mark Sanders, drum kit and percussion; Emil Karlsen, drum kit and percussion

Recorded at Eiger Studio, Leeds, England, 04/05/2021

You should know that Karlsen is heard on the left channel, Sanders on the right. There are six tracks, duets, each with its own charisma. There is, of course, a great deal of interaction, especially on the final track, Parting of Ways, in which you can almost hear each drummer listening for what the other might be about to deliver.

Polyrhythms galore seem to be the currency of the underlying structure and the proximity of the recorders to the drum kits creates a concert-like soundscape, as every nuance of the hinted undercurrents or trace of an overtone is felt as a variation to the overall resonance. The drummers’ interplay relationship is finely complementary, characterized by and demonstrating an incomparable technical skill in music. Karlsen tends towards the larger sounds produced by tenor drums and cymbals while Sanders inclines towards the finer detail.

Sanders already has many recordings under his belt as he has played and recorded with many musicians of similarly-minded, musical intellect. Karlsen is comparatively new to the Free-improv stage, here in the UK. He came from Norway and works at making a name in improvised music and Free Jazz, thoroughly reconnoitring and exploring the possible properties of the realm of the drum.

This is a very fine drum duo, whose sounds are full of diversity and always retain their musicality.

Reviewed by Ken Cheetham