All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

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...

2

Ivo Neame: Moksha

Roger Farbey By

Sign in to view read count
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.

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

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

American Jesus

American Jesus

Ivo Neame
Yatra

CD/LP/Track Review
Extended Analysis
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Moksha

Moksha

Edition Records
2018

buy
Ivo Neame:  Strata

Ivo Neame: Strata

Whirlwind Recordings
2015

buy
Strata

Strata

Whirlwind Recordings
2015

buy
 

Yatra

Clean Feed
2013

buy
 

Caught in the Light...

Hollywood & Highland Summer Jazz Concert Series
2010

buy

Related Articles

Read Mønk CD/LP/Track Review
Mønk
by Chris May
Published: September 20, 2018
Read The Music of Gary Lindsay / Are We Still Dreaming CD/LP/Track Review
The Music of Gary Lindsay / Are We Still Dreaming
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 20, 2018
Read Hidden Details CD/LP/Track Review
Hidden Details
by John Kelman
Published: September 20, 2018
Read Selective Coverage CD/LP/Track Review
Selective Coverage
by Jim Olin
Published: September 20, 2018
Read Fat Daddy CD/LP/Track Review
Fat Daddy
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 19, 2018
Read Short Stories CD/LP/Track Review
Short Stories
by Gareth Thompson
Published: September 19, 2018
Read "Blue Dream" CD/LP/Track Review Blue Dream
by Doug Collette
Published: July 9, 2018
Read "Fullmoon" CD/LP/Track Review Fullmoon
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 25, 2018
Read "Israeli Jazz" CD/LP/Track Review Israeli Jazz
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: August 2, 2018
Read "Another World" CD/LP/Track Review Another World
by Glenn Astarita
Published: September 6, 2018
Read "This Was Now" CD/LP/Track Review This Was Now
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 27, 2018
Read "Fullmoon" CD/LP/Track Review Fullmoon
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 24, 2018