Dutch-born guitarist Marnix Busstra tries something different with Firm Fragile Fun (Buzz Music, 2015). Instead of naming the songs himself, he invited non-musician friends to assign one-word titles, based on their reactions to the music. Each title represents an emotion or atmospheric condition.
Busstra plays guitar, bouzouki and electric sitar. His sidemen are Rembrandt Frerichs, piano; Arnold Dooyeweerd, double bass; and Pieter Bast, drums.
“Firm” is an adventurous piece. One gets the sense of travel, but rather than a Sunday drive or sightseeing tour, this one’s on a road that has some wild turns and blind curves. You don’t always see what’s coming. Busstra plays freely, emoting in the moment. The other musicians are intense, keeping time while enjoying their own freedoms.