5

Dominic J Marshall Trio: Spirit Speech

Bruce Lindsay By

Sign in to view read count
Dominic J Marshall Trio: Spirit Speech Dominic J Marshall has clearly absorbed a lot of influences in his 24 years. The pianist, born in Scotland and now resident in Amsterdam, brings many of them to Spirit Speech, the third album by his trio. Hip-hop, jazz, classical, folk: it's a disparate bunch and while it isn't exactly chalk and cheese there's still a risk that mixing them all together could create something unpalatable. Marshall neatly sidesteps the risk. Spirit Speech is proud of its influences but never overwhelmed by them: the result is refreshing and innovative.

Marshall's ability to mix his influences was apparent on his second album, Icaros (F-IRE Label, 2012). Hip-hop and electronica seem to be especially dear to his heart. His releases as a solo artist—such as Good And Bad Dreams (Self Produced, 2013)—reveal a writer/musician with a fine line in atmospheric electronic grooves. In the context of an acoustic trio—he's joined by Tobias Nijboer on bass and Jamie Peet on drums—Marshall puts more emphasis on his jazz roots, but it's the addition of these more contemporary influences that give his music its freshness.

The tunes on Spirit Speech are all Marshall originals. The trio shifts with apparent ease through the languid, late-night, ballad style of "Unflinchingly" to the graceful beauty of "Austin Peralta" (presumably a tribute to the young pianist who died in 2012, aged 22) and on towards the faster pace of "Enter The Void." In between there's the gentle swing of "Srividaya's Cells," "Justin"'s percussive punch and the lyrical phrasing of "Sleepwalking." There's a quiet confidence about this music and these performances, a maturity that belies Marshall's relative youth. It all bodes well for the future of the trio.

Track Listing: Austin Peralta; Book Of Machines; Unflinchingly; Srividya's Cells; Tiwanaku; Sleepwalking; Bud; Justin; I'm Sorry; N=This Very Duo; Enter The Void.

Personnel: Dominic J Marshall: piano; Tobias Nijboer: double bass; Jamie Peet: drums.

Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Origin Records | Style: Modern Jazz


Related Video

Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles

More Articles

Read Welcome to Swingsville! CD/LP/Track Review Welcome to Swingsville!
by Jack Bowers
Published: March 26, 2017
Read Points of View CD/LP/Track Review Points of View
by Geno Thackara
Published: March 26, 2017
Read Migration Blues CD/LP/Track Review Migration Blues
by Chris Mosey
Published: March 26, 2017
Read Recent Developments CD/LP/Track Review Recent Developments
by Karl Ackermann
Published: March 26, 2017
Read N.O. Escape CD/LP/Track Review N.O. Escape
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: March 26, 2017
Read Reflections CD/LP/Track Review Reflections
by Mark Sullivan
Published: March 25, 2017
Read "Hark The Herald" CD/LP/Track Review Hark The Herald
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 6, 2016
Read "Evolution - Seeds and Streams" CD/LP/Track Review Evolution - Seeds and Streams
by Phil Barnes
Published: December 19, 2016
Read "Eternally Even" CD/LP/Track Review Eternally Even
by Doug Collette
Published: November 5, 2016
Read "Blue Innuendo" CD/LP/Track Review Blue Innuendo
by Edward Blanco
Published: May 14, 2016
Read "Swan Song" CD/LP/Track Review Swan Song
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 17, 2016
Read "This Could Be That" CD/LP/Track Review This Could Be That
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: August 2, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: DOT TIME RECORDS | BUT IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!