Tom Arthurs: Centripede (2003)
Even when contending with complex composed sections and unusual time signatures, Max De Wardener (acoustic bass) and Tim Giles (drums) maintain an easy loose feel that supports the three main soloists, Tom Arthurs (trumpet and flugel), Ingrid Laubrock (soprano and tenor sax) and Jez Franks (guitar), who use long flowing lines juxtaposed with short repeated patterns to create the harmonic and melodic structure of the compositions. Laubrock, herself nominated for the BBC Best New Act award, really stands out in the first tune "Issues," her fluid tone and use of the upper register and repeated patterns have the effect of adding petrol to an already roaring fire, adding real lift to the dark bass riff and sharp backing figures of the composition.
Jez Franks is a staggering improvisational force, his impeccable time and long lines interacting beautifully with the rhythm section, his lyrical playing in the pensive "Buddha Beads" and the more fusion-influenced distorted solo on "Sick Mind" showing his diversity of tone and style. Arthurs' warm, pure trumpet and flugelhorn tone allows intervallic skips reminiscent of Kenny Wheeler and closer chromatic playing to really sing, forming the basis of his well executed solos.
In short, Centripede is a powerful collection of fun, passionate, beautiful music peformed by five accomplished musicians.
Track Listing: Issues 7.47; Buddha Beads 11.03; Pollock 5.19; Sick Mind 9.35; Bitbob 2.28; Perception Extended 9.52; Stroll 2.36
Personnel: Tom Arthurs (trumpet and fl
Record Label: Babel Label
Style: Beyond Jazz