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...

6

Mike Fletcher Trio: Vuelta

Bruce Lindsay By

Sign in to view read count
Vuelta is the debut release from the Mike Fletcher Trio, a band with a strong emphasis on improvisations based on Fletcher's melodies. The result is an accessible collection of tunes that draw on the creativity and technical skills of all three players.

The trio is based in Birmingham, the major city of the English midlands. Fletcher, a 2014 ECHO Rising Star, plays the rather rare combination of flute and C-melody saxophone. Olie Brice and Jeff Williams stick with the tried and trusted rhythm section combination of bass and drums. Both rhythm section players have an extensive jazz pedigree—Brice has played with Ken Vandermark and Paul Dunmall, American expat Williams has joined Lee Konitz and Stan Getz among others. This experience shows in the trio's unshowy, integrated approach to the music.

Stylistically the trio takes in a broad spectrum of influences—including mainstream jazz, classical, swing and improvisation—and produces eight tunes that are characterised by Fletcher's sinuous lead lines underpinned by Williams and Brice's bouncy, percussive rhythms. Composer credit goes to the leader, but the development of each number sounds very clearly like a whole-band responsibility.

The tunes are varied. The laid-back and slinky midsection of "Her Grace" is bookended by slower opening and closing sections given a mysterious feel by Brice's arco bass. "Fletcher's Walk" is a bop-flavored tune: Williams and Brice are at their bounciest, giving the number an upbeat and positive mood. "A Dino," with Fletcher on flute, has a melody that mixes hints of Bach's "Bourrée in E Minor" with subtler hints of "Round Midnight" and a relaxed, freeform feel. "Perhaps Sing A Song" is resolutely cheery, thanks especially to Brice's infectious bass line.

It's worth mentioning that Vuelta's quality extends beyond the music—the sound is excellent (Benedic Lamdin recorded the album at London's Fish Factory Studio) and the album packaging is also well-produced. The release comes from the young independent label Stoney Lane Records, also based in Birmingham. It's clearly a label with a keen eye and ear for quality—let's hope that Vuelta is a sign of things to come from the label and from the Mike Fletcher Trio.

Track Listing: Aire; Her Grace; Fletcher's Walk; A Dino; Perhaps Sing A Song; Home; In Memoriam; Savour.

Personnel: Mike Fletcher: C-melody saxophone, flute; Olie Brice: bass; Jeff Williams: drums.

Title: Vuelta | Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: Stoney Lane Records

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Vuelta

Vuelta

Stoney Lane Records
2015

buy

Related Articles

Read The Tale CD/LP/Track Review
The Tale
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: December 17, 2018
Read Down a Rabbit Hole CD/LP/Track Review
Down a Rabbit Hole
by Jack Bowers
Published: December 17, 2018
Read Trioliloquy CD/LP/Track Review
Trioliloquy
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: December 17, 2018
Read Perspectives II CD/LP/Track Review
Perspectives II
by Jerome Wilson
Published: December 17, 2018
Read Red CD/LP/Track Review
Red
by Nick Catalano
Published: December 17, 2018
Read Everything's OK CD/LP/Track Review
Everything's OK
by Doug Collette
Published: December 16, 2018
Read "Balagan Cafe Band" CD/LP/Track Review Balagan Cafe Band
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: August 10, 2018
Read "For Lew" CD/LP/Track Review For Lew
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 18, 2018
Read "Sediments" CD/LP/Track Review Sediments
by Ian Patterson
Published: March 10, 2018
Read "Journey" CD/LP/Track Review Journey
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: November 11, 2018
Read "Oh My, Those Boys!" CD/LP/Track Review Oh My, Those Boys!
by John Sharpe
Published: May 29, 2018
Read "Live at C-Boy's" CD/LP/Track Review Live at C-Boy's
by Doug Collette
Published: March 31, 2018