179

Tom Arthurs: Centripede

Ben McDonnell By

Sign in to view read count
Tom Arthurs: Centripede Recently nominated for Best New Act by the BBC Jazz Awards, Centripede is "Fresh and friendly music inspired by world dance musics contemporary and traditional, strategic improvisation and the compositional depth of twentieth century classical music"... at least that's how the band leader, trumpet player and composer Tom Arthurs describes the eclectic blend of styles that define his compositions. Packed with great solos and original composition that stylistically fall somewhere between the avant-garde and jazz with a little bit of everything else thrown in, Centripede is one of those albums where you really can discover something new every time you listen.

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

Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: Babel Label | Style: Beyond Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Before The Silence CD/LP/Track Review Before The Silence
by John Sharpe
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1 CD/LP/Track Review Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by Mark F. Turner
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Process And Reality CD/LP/Track Review Process And Reality
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 24, 2017
Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read "Fly South" CD/LP/Track Review Fly South
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 10, 2016
Read "Earprint" CD/LP/Track Review Earprint
by Jerome Wilson
Published: October 14, 2016
Read "Anatta" CD/LP/Track Review Anatta
by Budd Kopman
Published: June 3, 2016
Read "Home" CD/LP/Track Review Home
by Karl Ackermann
Published: May 10, 2016
Read "Plays The Music Of Alvin P. Buckley" CD/LP/Track Review Plays The Music Of Alvin P. Buckley
by Mark Corroto
Published: May 16, 2016
Read "Velcro Bird" CD/LP/Track Review Velcro Bird
by John Eyles
Published: September 19, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!