Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

3

Andrew McCormack: Graviton

Roger Farbey By

Sign in to view read count
Graviton's nearest comparison might well be Chick Corea's early albums Return To Forever and Light As A Feather with Flora Purim. But this is much more effusive and busier with stop/start melodies as heard on "Breathe" and the title track. Wordless vocals swoop over insistent piano runs and saxophone incursions courtesy of London-born singer Eska (Eska Mtungwazi).

But it's not all wordless vocals as "The Waiting Game" reveals Eska's lustrous and mellow singing style, whereas "Kalamata" utilises her versatile voice to deliver ethereal lyrics and an additional melody line. The vocals on "Andromeda" reach stratospheric proportions, enhanced by multi-tracking and copious echo.

"Fellowship" is much nearer to RTF territory with an incessant jaunty rhythm and vibrant saxophone from Shabaka Hutchings. "Escape Velocity" travels at just that speed. On the short "Aurora," Andrew McCormack delivers a multi-tracked rendition featuring piano and glockenspiel. "The Time Delay Of Light" comes nearest to a straight song but without recourse to platitude or cliché.

In essence, Graviton is an album where the vocals play a key role in delivering lyrics but also act as a melodic instrument, not exactly using vocalese, but somewhere in between. Eska's voice is powerful yet serene and that's a rare combination. The instrumentation and arrangements are taut and engaging and McCormack's all-star ensemble brings a fresh and novel vibrancy to the table.

Track Listing: Breathe; Graviton; The Waiting Game; Kalamata; Look Up; Andromeda; Fellowship; Escape Velocity; Aurora; The Time Delay Of Light.

Personnel: Andrew McCormack: piano, keyboard, glockenspiel; Eska: vocals; Shabaka Hutchings: tenor saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet; Robin Mullarkey: electric bass; Anton Eger: drums.

Title: Graviton | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Jazz Village

Tags

Watch

comments powered by Disqus

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read Caldera / Sky Islands Album Reviews
Caldera / Sky Islands
By Jakob Baekgaard
May 25, 2019
Read Baby, Please Come Home Album Reviews
Baby, Please Come Home
By Doug Collette
May 25, 2019
Read Reckless Heart Album Reviews
Reckless Heart
By Doug Collette
May 25, 2019
Read Fire Brigade Album Reviews
Fire Brigade
By Phillip Woolever
May 25, 2019
Read Day to Day Album Reviews
Day to Day
By Paul Naser
May 24, 2019
Read Theia Album Reviews
Theia
By Jim Worsley
May 24, 2019