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 Rags And Roots CD/LP/Track Review Rags And Roots
by James Nadal
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Tangled CD/LP/Track Review Tangled
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Is It Me...? CD/LP/Track Review Is It Me...?
by Edward Blanco
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Live CD/LP/Track Review Live
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: April 25, 2017
Read 14.11.2016 CD/LP/Track Review 14.11.2016
by Nicola Negri
Published: April 25, 2017
Read Malnoia CD/LP/Track Review Malnoia
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 24, 2017
Read "Storming Through the South" CD/LP/Track Review Storming Through the South
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 1, 2016
Read "Araminta" CD/LP/Track Review Araminta
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 17, 2017
Read "Heads & Tales Volume 2" CD/LP/Track Review Heads & Tales Volume 2
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 28, 2016
Read "Live At The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival" CD/LP/Track Review Live At The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival
by Troy Dostert
Published: January 3, 2017
Read "A Multitude of Angels" CD/LP/Track Review A Multitude of Angels
by John Kelman
Published: December 1, 2016
Read "I Just Want to Get Paid!" CD/LP/Track Review I Just Want to Get Paid!
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 15, 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!