"3 Nights In L.A." is an album to savor. The lovely sound, the intelligent chair of material, and the fine musicianship, not at all surprising when you think of George Garzone, Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua, & Derek Oles and their impressive body fo work. Dig into this sumptuous recording – you'll enjoy the many directions the band takes and where the music ultimately goes.
For more information and to hear the opening track of Disk #1, go to petererskine.com/featured-album/3-nights-in-la/.
The recording's US release date is August 16 but the digital album was issued in mid-July.
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Bundeena" – a touch of blues, of folk music, music that is a conversation between the participants and not just soloing over the rhythm section. There's also a touch of the classic John Coltrane Quartet, especially the less frenetic work that that group did in the studio up to "A Love Supreme." "The Space Between Thoughts" is a soulful ballad with sparse bass work and whisper-soft brush work plus a melody "sung" by the saxophone. Ms. Davies takes her time moving through the melody, with an easy transition into her solo. Whitford's fine bass solo is short and melodically rich. The track is one of the two tracks under five minutes on the album but feels complete in its brevity. The other "shorter" piece is the album closer "Scattered", notable for the saxophone-bass dialogue in the solo section.
This review of "In the Corners of Clouds" may have been percolating in my consciousness for the past nine months mostly because the music does not shout (most of the time) or make bold statements. Instead, the listener is seduced by the melodies, by the rich solos, by the saxophone tone that can be soft yet hard-edged when the music calls for it, and, finally, for the excellence of the rhythm section. Josephine Davies – in her guise as the leader of Satori – makes music for the soul, illustrating the many directions the creative mind can go.
I look forward to hearing more music from Ms. Davies, including from her Big Band. For more information, go to www.josephinedavies.co.uk.
Here's the opening track:
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"Terra Incognita", with all its twists, turns, and interactions, is worth exploring. This quartet certainly plays with great fire yet the fire does not always present itself as "noise" or "free" blowing. Rich Halley, Matthew Shipp, Michael Bisio, and Newman Taylor Baker are on a musical adventure – it's a joy to be part of their collaboration as well as their sonic explorations! Rich Halley should come East more often!
For more information, go to www.richhalley.com.
Here's the "Opening" track: