All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

7

Evan Parker / John Russell / Ian Brighton / Philipp Wachsmann / Marcio Mattos / Trevor Taylor: Reunion – Live From Cafe Oto

Roger Farbey By

Sign in to view read count
Ian Brighton, musically dormant for around three decades, had a welcome renaissance a year ago with his album for Confront Recordings, Now And Then. Included on that album was an archival track, "30 Years From Yesterday" recorded in 1986 with Philipp Wachsmann, Marcio Mattos and Trevor Taylor. This quartet was collectively known as String Thing and made a return appearance on this live album recorded at Cafe Oto, London on August 14, 2016. The quartet alone features on "Why Did We Leave It So Long?," the second track of Reunion—Live From Cafe Oto, populated by much arco violin and double bass plus Trevor Taylor interjecting on vibraphone and sampled voice recordings, with sporadic chordal interventions from Brighton. The overall effect evinced on this long track, and at just over thirty minutes the longest on the album, is uncompromisingly hypnotic, the sonic equivalent of a "page-turner" novel.

Brighton himself gives a solo performance on the first track "Here, And Hear" where his characteristic sustenato chords and single notes puncture the silence. The third track, "Walthamstow Cheesecutter" is a duo set featuring Evan Parker on soaring and swooping soprano and John Russell playing with unfettered vigour. The title, incidentally, is a reference to the guitarist's home town in North East London. The final track, "What Else Did You Expect?" is an ensemble piece embracing all six musicians and in effect an improvisational "supergroup." This fifteen minute outing is as riveting as anything heard in improvisational music and whilst not quite equivalent, does bear some resemblance to Tony Oxley's seminal album 4 Compositions For Sextet recorded and released in 1970 by CBS and on which Parker was a notable participant.

Aside from the slightly intrusive inclusion of fifty seconds of audience applause at the conclusion of the quartet number, there is no extraneous material here and importantly the organisation of the tracks makes possible the comparison of the respective styles of Russell on steel-strung acoustic guitar and Brighton on his trusty Gibson ES-175. This is a rare and important piece of musical history that will positively reward repeated plays.

Track Listing: Here, And Hear; Why Did We Leave It So Long?; Walthamstow Cheesecutter; What Else Did You Expect?

Personnel: Evan Parker: soprano saxophone (3,4,); John Russell (3,4), Ian Brighton (1,2,4): guitar; Philipp Wachsmann (2,4): violin; Marcio Mattos (2,4): double bass; Trevor Taylor (2,4): percussion, electronics.

Title: Reunion – Live From Cafe Oto | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: FMR Records

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Grime Scene CD/LP/Track Review
Grime Scene
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 20, 2018
Read (Willisau) 1991 Studio CD/LP/Track Review
(Willisau) 1991 Studio
by Mark Corroto
Published: June 20, 2018
Read Tradition CD/LP/Track Review
Tradition
by Chris May
Published: June 20, 2018
Read Life Anthem CD/LP/Track Review
Life Anthem
by Jerome Wilson
Published: June 20, 2018
Read Closer To Home CD/LP/Track Review
Closer To Home
by Geannine Reid
Published: June 20, 2018
Read 1538 CD/LP/Track Review
1538
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: June 19, 2018
Read "The Apple Of No" CD/LP/Track Review The Apple Of No
by Geno Thackara
Published: July 2, 2017
Read "Live at Ronnie Scott's" CD/LP/Track Review Live at Ronnie Scott's
by Geno Thackara
Published: September 10, 2017
Read "Forest Grove" CD/LP/Track Review Forest Grove
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: November 6, 2017
Read "Ellipse" CD/LP/Track Review Ellipse
by Karl Ackermann
Published: December 4, 2017
Read "Ballet: The Music Of Michael Gibbs" CD/LP/Track Review Ballet: The Music Of Michael Gibbs
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: July 23, 2017
Read "While We Still Have Bodies" CD/LP/Track Review While We Still Have Bodies
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 14, 2018