‘It’s like Lester Young mixed with something insane, rooted in the past of an alternate universe’, is how American violinist Mat Maneri describes his album Sounding Tears, on which he improvises with British saxophonist Evan Parker and Romanian pianist Lucian Ban. Their ensemble playing has an intimate, yet challenging character, somewhere between chamber music and improv jazz.

Saxophone innovator Evan Parker sounds surprisingly different in this setting, with lines evoking bebop. Maneri leads the music in unexpected directions with his recognizable viola playing, in which he marries the distinct worlds of jazz and microtonal music. With this project he continues his collaborative relationship with pianist Ban, who provided a couple of compositions for Sounding Tears. The album was released early 2017 on the renowned label Clean Feed.

‘This is Mat Maneri’s spacious, amorphous, dreamy world of sound: the elastic viola lines, the spare, deep space majesty of Parker’s neo-bebop, the blinking on and off of the star-shine supplied by Lucian Ban’s piano. Maybe this is what music sounds like soaking into the void from the interstellar spacecraft as it travels at the speed of light’ (All About Jazz).