WARREN ELLIS- [UNTITLED NO. 3]
3 PIECES FOR VIOLIN (KING CRAB, 2002)
I think that as good as the Dirty Three are, I prefer the side projects of its members to the group’s work together. Though I’m especially partial to Mick Turner’s pastoral guitar sketches, I think this release by Warren Ellis—to my knowledge, the only thing he has released under his own name—is a very worthwhile trio of pieces for solo violin. Here, the initial loop gives way to layers of rueful melody, finally coalescing in a sound pool suspended in space.