by Jerry D'Souza
In an interesting move, Mark Nodwell – who is more than an accomplished saxophonist – places his instrument aside to bring his role as a composer in to play. Interesting because he detaches himself from direct involvement, but no matter. The quintet he chooses to express his vision rises to the challenges, moulds the music and leavens it with high energy and resonant impulses.
Nodwell spins tales of varied hues. His imagination unravels the skein in different ...read more
by Mark Corroto
When saxophonist Mark Nodwell lays down his horn and picks up a pencil, his compositions explode outward. This eruption of ideas takes in numerous styles and approaches, all pleasing to the ear without being reconcilable to one another.
The Canadian-born composer was first revealed on (co)incidents (Songlines, 1999) leading Eyvind Kang, Francois Houle, and Khabu Doug Young through four lengthy composed pieces of intricate jazz. On this disc he keeps the guitarist Young and adds a Colorado contingent ...read more