Charlie Stacey, Music Is Healing, Night Dreamer ****

Music is a type of dreaming as the lyrics have it. Track of the day - new in our 1 luv section: There is such a great coming together across vocals and instrumentals in the arrangement here from keys maven Charlie Stacey with once again wonderful …

Published: 17 Nov 2022. Updated: 19 days.

Music is a type of dreaming as the lyrics have it. Track of the day - new in our 1 luv section: There is such a great coming together across vocals and instrumentals in the arrangement here from keys maven Charlie Stacey with once again wonderful vocals from Vula Malinga and the great Jay Phelps at his considerable best on trumpet. Malinga was also stunning this year singing backing vocals on Kurt Elling's lit up inside strutting take on Doc Pomus' 'Lonely Avenue'. Stacey's solo on 'Music is Healing' is yet another highlight of a fine track where the lyrics and the melody both hit the bull's eye. All the strands come together in the looser free spree that leads to the outro. Drawn from The Light Beyond Time which is released next week. Let the vision inside you grow - again deferring to the lyrics.

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Journeying through Friselliana to the frontier of prog St. Barbe gear up to launch 'Tellicherry' at Grow

We've been listening to the original 'Tellicherry' by St. Barbe - guitarist James Maltby with bass guitarist Edwin Ireland and drummer Floyer Sydenham the band already with an EP called Shapeless and another single 'Noumena' under their belts. It's …

Published: 17 Nov 2022. Updated: 19 days.

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We've been listening to the original 'Tellicherry' by St. Barbe - guitarist James Maltby with bass guitarist Edwin Ireland and drummer Floyer Sydenham the band already with an EP called Shapeless and another single 'Noumena' under their belts. It's a fresh sound - initially we were thinking Bill Frisell a little as the sound lands in the same kind of idiom as the US master although Maltby's guitar sound timbre is pretty different and yet a stripped back warped Americana feel is part of the pervasive flavour.

As the volume and rockist blare transform the piece 'Tellicherry' shows a chameleon-like evolution. Stabby chords change the mood and feel interestingly in a more prog direction reached via a maze-like circuit of motific phrases stacking up. Ultimately the guitar forcefield moves the whole trajectory of the piece to a more anarchic world of distortion.

We can't share 'Tellicherry' at the moment - but check out the already released, very different, stimulating Gnawa influenced 'Noumena' for a flavour of another aspect of what St. Barbe can do