Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

4

Julian Costello: Transitions

Bruce Lindsay By

Sign in to view read count
Saxophonist Julian Costello has been around the UK jazz scene for a while, but for some years he decided to give up the world of the gigging musician and take up a teaching career. In recent years he's been gigging again and he now leads his quartet on Transitions, a collection of his original compositions recorded at Artesuono Studios in Italy. It's an inventive, good- humored album full of warmth and humanity, a welcome return to the scene for Costello and a powerful recording debut from the band.

The quartet in question consists of Costello, guitarist Maciek Pysz, bassist Yuri Goloubev and drummer Adam Teixeira—an international lineup now based in the UK. The music encompasses free-form passages, flowing and often romantic melodies, insistent hooks (the lovely "Earworm" isn't the only earworm on this album) and inventive soloing.

Costello's sound, on tenor and soprano, is warm and inviting. On "Waves" and "Ducks" Costello's soft, almost ethereal, saxophone tone bears a resemblance to that of Andy Sheppard—although Costello doesn't list Sheppard as one of his influences, he does name-check another ECM reeds player, Jan Garbarek, alongside Ralph Towner, Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix.

Goloubev and Teixeira form an excellent rhythm section. Their interplay on "A Manic Episode," bass doubling guitar, Teixeira providing understated yet propulsive percussion, is crucial to the tune's atmosphere: on the melancholy "Patience" arco bass and brushed drums provide a beautiful introduction and Goloubev's bass solo carries the tune neatly into "Earworm." However, it's the playing of Costello and Pysz that really stands out. It may be Costello's band, but he's unselfish enough to give Pysz a major share of lead lines and solos. Pysz switches smoothly between electric and classical guitars, strikingly fluid lines emanating from either instrument.

"Corners" is a solo feature for the leader, the soprano melody floating on a foundation of tenor saxophones. "Corners Reprise" is equally short but features all four players, expanding the tune's tonal range but retaining its fragile beauty. "Tongue In Cheek" is as light-hearted and fun as the title suggests, shifting between free-form interactions and slinky and seductive tangoesque rhythms—fun enough to generate a sudden burst of laughter from an unidentified band member.

Track Listing: Waves; Ducks; Corners; A Manic Episode; Tongue In Cheek; Patience; Earworm; Buraki I Ziemniaki; Mirage (Intro); Mirage; Panettone; Walking Through The Jungle; Corners Reprise.

Personnel: Julian Costello - Soprano and Tenor Sax Maciek Pysz - Electric and Classical Guitars Yuri Goloubev - Double Bass Adam Teixeira - Drums and Percussion

Title: Transitions | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: 33 Jazz

Tags

Watch

comments powered by Disqus

Upcoming Shows

Date Detail Price
Feb8Fri
Scott Willcox Band
Jazz Cafe Posk
London, UK
£12
Feb23Sat
Julian Costello Quartet
The Archduke
London, UK
Feb24Sun
Julian Costello Quartet
The Oval
London, UK

Shop

Start your shopping here and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read Bulería Brooklyniana Album Reviews
Bulería Brooklyniana
By Dan Bilawsky
January 23, 2019
Read At The Hill Of James Magee Album Reviews
At The Hill Of James Magee
By Mark Corroto
January 23, 2019
Read Stomping Off From Greenwood Album Reviews
Stomping Off From Greenwood
By Mike Jurkovic
January 23, 2019
Read Live: The Rites of Spring Festival 2018 Album Reviews
Live: The Rites of Spring Festival 2018
By Roger Weisman
January 23, 2019
Read Runner in the Rain Album Reviews
Runner in the Rain
By Jack Bowers
January 22, 2019
Read Driftglass Album Reviews
Driftglass
By Chris May
January 22, 2019
Read Pure Magic Album Reviews
Pure Magic
By Mark Sullivan
January 22, 2019