Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help
149

Andrew Cheshire: Pavane Pour Une Infante Difunte

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count Views
Andrew Cheshire: Pavane Pour Une Infante Difunte Guitarist Andrew Cheshire isn't well-known, even within the jazz community, but he ought to be. On Pavane Pour Une Infante Difunte, his eighth CD on his Joule label, he reveals himself to be a thoughtful, always interesting, and at times inspired improviser.

This CD is the product of Cheshire's working trio, a tight, fluid group that can swing hard or rock out as the music requires. Cheshire likes to segue from rock or funk beats to swing tempos. He also likes to go from waltzing to 4/4 swing, as he does on "Footprints," and he likes to turn the beat around in a manner that suggests he may have listened extensively to Ornette Coleman. His sidemen are with him every step of the way.

Cheshire plays with a clean, slightly trebly tone with very little use of distortion, although he does some bending in his coda to "Ju Ju" and some of his "Paraphenalia" solo also uses rockish elements. Generally, although Cheshire's sound is classic jazz guitar, his improvising is full of surprises. He's never content to just run changes, and he often plays triplet figures over a 4/4 swing to create rhythmic tension variety. His song selection is also noteworthy. The title composition is by Ravel, and it makes a sturdy vehicle for jazz as the trio treats the theme with highly imaginative improvisations in both rock and swing rhythms. Every other tune is associated with Miles Davis (four by Wayne Shorter) but Cheshire makes them his own.

I don't want to neglect the sidemen here. According to the liner notes, they're both young, and this is their first record date. But they are fully effective cogs in a fine working band, and they solo intelligently, to boot. Fans of jazz guitar, particularly guitar trios, should pounce on this one.

Visit Andrew Cheshire on the web or listen to sound samples .


Track Listing: Pavane Pour Une Infante Difunte, Masqualero, Ju Ju, Footprints, Green Dolphin Street, The Sorcerer, Paraphenalia, The Theme.

Personnel: Andrew Cheshire, guitar; Joe Michaels, bass; Adam Stranburg, drums.

Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Joule Records | Style: Modern Jazz


CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Pavane Pour Une Infante Difunte
Pavane Pour Une...
Joule Records
2004
buy
The Four Ages Of Bob
The Four Ages Of Bob
Joule Records
2004
buy
Morning Song
Morning Song
Joule Records
2003
buy
Faces
Faces
Joule Records
2003
buy
Guitar Noir
Guitar Noir
Joule Records
2002
buy
Water Street Revival
Water Street Revival
Joule Records
2000
buy
George Kahn George Kahn
piano
Jimmy Bruno Jimmy Bruno
guitar
Tal Farlow Tal Farlow
guitar
Tom Tallitsch Tom Tallitsch
sax, tenor
Ari Hoenig Ari Hoenig
drums
Mark Colby Mark Colby
saxophone
Joe Morris Joe Morris
guitar

More Articles

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.