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The core of Sorry, Pardon, What? is the three part suite that opens the disc. A palpable sense of movement persists through the sections. "Part 1" opens with a fanfare that recalls Ornette Coleman before it proceeds to sail along with a jittery momentum. The ominous drone of Ben Robertson's bowed bass heralds "Part 2," the most intriguing of the three parts. The track recalls the experience of acclimating oneself to an exotic new land. Saxophonist Tim Wilson plays a lovely, lilting theme, while drummer Dave Beck walks him through the new vistas on display. The effect is of a tranquil dream that is occasionally troubled by darker undercurrents. "Part 3" is the most concrete of the three parts, with the leader playing declarative lines over Beck's rock steady beat (which surely features some drum'n'bass influence in its DNA).
Sorry, Pardon, What? is the début recording of the latest edition of the Tim Wilson Trio. Australia-based Wilson, an adventurous and eclectic musician who is also a member of Logic?, Slur'd, Blowfish, and Bennetts Lane Big Band, has truly found sympathetic partners in his new trio lineup. Beck, in particular, seizes control of the music, deploying an arsenal of styles and timely interjections. It is a pleasure to listen to him challenge and prod his bandmates. That they respond so well is the main reason why this forward-looking disc succeeds.
Track Listing: Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Sorry, Pardon, What?; Asahi Nage; Fletch Lives; Fading Away; Folks Passed
Personnel: Tim Wilson-saxophone; Ben Robertson-bass; Dave Beck-drums
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.