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Andrew McCormack: Solo

Read "Solo" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

A solo album from Andrew McCormack—a musician best-known as part of Kyle Eastwood's band and, in the three years prior to this recording, as leader of the “prog-rock math-jazz project" (his words) Graviton—was always going to be an intriguing project. Would it lean towards the small-band, big sound of the Eastwood group, or would it be filled with variations on the prog-rock math-jazz theme, delivered with a plethora of electronics? Or perhaps it would hark back in its musical moods ...

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Andrew McCormack: Graviton: The Calling

Read "Graviton: The Calling" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Following in the wake of Andrew McCormack's Graviton (Jazz Village, 2017) comes Graviton: The Calling. All Graviton's personnel have changed save for McCormack and Robin Mullarkey, who plays bass guitar on three tracks. The most notable new recruit is Italian-American vocalist Noemi Nuti, who is also a trained harpist. The portentous opener, “Uroboros," gives way to the limpid strains of “Walled Garden," the first track to feature Nuti, whose wordless vocals are paired in unison with Josh Arcoleo's ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Andrew McCormack: Graviton

Read "Graviton" reviewed by Roger Farbey

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 ...


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