2

Ivo Neame: Moksha

Roger Farbey By

Sign in to view read count
Ivo Neame: Moksha
Making a welcome return in a leader rôle, Ivo Neame's follow-up to his excellent album Strata (Whirlwind, 2015), sees him taking a slightly different approach to his previous two quintet and octet configurated recordings. His cannily idiosyncratic music is also obviously divergent to those found on recordings with Phronesis and saxophonist Marius Neset, to which he makes vital contributions.

The instantly engaging opener, "Vegetarians," benefits from a spiralling, memorable hook and saxophonist George Crowley keenly makes his mark with sumptuous tenor work. Things take a calmer turn with "Moksha Music" but not without surprising twists and turns such as Neame's vibrant piano solo interlaced with spooky synthesizer effects which also make an appearance, appropriately enough, on "Ghost Shadow."

"Pala" returns to more effervescence with Neame and Crowley excitingly swapping lines at a breakneck pace. More electronica embellishes the limpid start to "Laika" which midway takes a more complex turn, all held together by James Maddren's taught drumming. The outro "Blimp" perfectly characterises Neame's compositional strategy, juxtaposing languid sections with irrepressibly exuberant ones.

Neame scores highly here with yet another remarkable recording, replete with labyrinthine compositions executed by a totally focussed quartet. The album's title, incidentally, is taken from the Sanskrit word Saṃsāra which, roughly translated, means the cycle of life, death and rebirth.

Track Listing

Vegetarians; Moksha Music; Pala; Laika; Outsider; Ghost Shadow; Blimp.

Personnel

Ivo Neame: piano, Fender Rhodes, mellotron, organ, synthesizer; George Crowley: tenor saxophone; Tom Farmer: acoustic bass; James Maddren: drums.

Album information

Title: Moksha | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Edition Records

Post a comment about this album

Watch

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.