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The world of free-style improvisation can be a lonely place. Music of this ilk may conjure up notions of kindred spirits rehearsing in hidden chambers rich with intimacy, oneness of spirit, and microcosmic frameworks.
On this release, some of these sensibilities come to mind, thanks to the instrumentalists' penetrating exchanges and elusive statements. With their first release as a quartet (after prior affiliations), the band merges edgy (and slightly neurotic) underpinnings with faint trills and micro motifs. Saxophonist John Butcher executes grinding notes, pops and split tones while harpist Rhodri Davies' ethereal voicings seemingly instigate the group's probing and thoroughly conversational mode of attack. The band also pursues geometrically divergent patterns and contrasting tonalities while also utilizing space as a means of redefining previous movements into newfound dialects.
This quartet transports its spellbinding musicality into the comfort and familiarity of your personal space. Recommended.
As a kid, my mom told me I'd like jazz. I thought she was nuts. Then I went to hear Cannonball Adderley (with Nat Adderley, George Duke, Walter Booker, Roy McCurdy and Airto) and everything changed. Yeah, mom knows best.