Not Everything But Enough Alister Spence Trio Independent “Not everything but enough” could be the epithet for a good existence with inevitable compromises along the way. But there are no compromises on the Alister Spence Trio’s latest release, and its title understates music bordering on a jazz masterpiece. From the opening title track there is an epic quality to this inventive work by three Australian musicians who have recorded together since 2000, when not absorbed in separate projects of note. The two CDs of this double album are very different. The first has seven structured pieces that are conventional compositions in modern jazz terms. While Spence uses prepared piano, music box and samples to help build the overall sound, it is nonetheless often surprising that a stripped-down trio is the basic source. Pieces 1-7 begin with gentle keys of the piano and subtle glockenspiel, then morph into a multi-layered, rich ensemble sound driven by strong bass lines and percussion. The effect is due to players all well versed in creating a complex, integrated sound: Lloyd Swanton from the Necks on double bass, Toby Hall from Mike Nock’s bands on drums and glockenspiel, and pianist Spence, known for his collaborations with the Australian Art Orchestra, Wanderlust and Japanese performer Satoko Fujii. The second CD is a complete shift to 21 improvised tracks that range from discordant to ambient. Each is titled Room and numbered. The second album works as abstract musical compartments of Spence’s mind in which his band mates enter at will.