5

Dave Hamblett: Light At Night

Bruce Lindsay By

Sign in to view read count
Dave Hamblett: Light At Night Anyone wishing to explore the wealth of talent to be found among the UK jazz scene's up-and-coming musicians can cheerfully begin here. Light At Night, the debut from drummer Dave Hamblett, features six of the finest of these young players. The album is impressively consistent, with Hamblett's thoughtful compositions drawing some fine performances from the drummer and his band mates.

Hamblett graduated from the Royal Academy Of Music in 2010 and formed this group the same year. He has also developed a strong résumé as a sideman, playing with the late trumpeter Abram Wilson, the F-IRE Collective Large Ensemble, and in various incarnations of pianist Ivo Neame's bands. His playing shows a maturity and sensitivity that belies his youth; he's always conscious of the needs of the music, eschewing solos in favor of creating a strong rhythmic foundation for each tune in partnership with bassist Calum Gourlay.

Hamblett's compositions reflect a range of possible influences. The opening section of "Dark Sky" has a spiritual, free-flowing atmosphere suggestive of saxophonists John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders; Alex Munk's lines go even further back to classic bebop, while the guitarist and keyboardist Neame draw inspiration from '70s fusion on "Zoom Out." The album's most distinctive sound comes from the twin saxophones of Josh Arcoleo and Joe Wright. When the pair combines on tenor saxophones, the resulting sound is rich and full, with "Lighthouse" featuring this sound at its most romantic. When Wright switches to soprano he extends both the band's tonal and emotional ranges.

The soft, subtle "Guard Down" highlights many of the strengths of Hamblett's writing and the sextet's musical ability. While Hamblett and Gourlay lay down a restrained rhythm, Wright and Arcoleo (on soprano and tenor) harmonize beautifully, Munk's chordal washes add atmosphere and Neame contributes sparing yet effective notes on piano. In six-and-a-half minutes, it neatly summarizes the joys of Light At Night.

Track Listing: Dark Sky; Zoom Out: Part 1; Zoom Out: Part 2; Lighthouse; The Park; Hero's Theme; Guard Down; Light At Night.

Personnel: Dave Hamblett: drums; Josh Arcoleo: tenor saxophone; Joe Wright: soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone; Ivo Neame: piano, Fender Rhodes, keyboards; Alex Munk: guitar; Calum Gourlay: double bass.

Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: Whirlwind Recordings Ltd


Related Video

Shop

More Articles

Read United CD/LP/Track Review United
by Mark Sullivan
Published: March 23, 2017
Read Chromola CD/LP/Track Review Chromola
by John Eyles
Published: March 23, 2017
Read Satin Doll – A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn CD/LP/Track Review Satin Doll – A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: March 23, 2017
Read Nature City CD/LP/Track Review Nature City
by Henning Bolte
Published: March 23, 2017
Read Beninghove's Hangmen Plays Led Zeppelin CD/LP/Track Review Beninghove's Hangmen Plays Led Zeppelin
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: March 23, 2017
Read This Is The Uplifting Part CD/LP/Track Review This Is The Uplifting Part
by Karl Ackermann
Published: March 22, 2017
Read "Akua's Dance" CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read "Everyone Is Everyone Else" CD/LP/Track Review Everyone Is Everyone Else
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 13, 2016
Read "A Room of One's Own" CD/LP/Track Review A Room of One's Own
by Ian Patterson
Published: August 10, 2016
Read "Purple Patio" CD/LP/Track Review Purple Patio
by John Sharpe
Published: October 1, 2016
Read "Negative Spaces" CD/LP/Track Review Negative Spaces
by Dave Wayne
Published: November 20, 2016
Read "Just for Fun" CD/LP/Track Review Just for Fun
by Jack Bowers
Published: July 26, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: DOT TIME RECORDS | BUT IT  

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!