Allison Neale, Quietly There

Retro fiends attuned to the world of Paul Desmond and Art Pepper will like this very neat and precise trip down memory lane from alto saxophonist Allison Neale, US guitarist Peter Bernstein adds a little star power to her reliable British bassist …

Published: 12 Sep 2020. Updated: 16 days.

Retro fiends attuned to the world of Paul Desmond and Art Pepper will like this very neat and precise trip down memory lane from alto saxophonist Allison Neale,

US guitarist Peter Bernstein adds a little star power to her reliable British bassist Dave Green and that mainstreamer's mainstreamer, drummer Steve Brown.

Full of evergreens from the American Songbook there is a lot of respect displayed for the material often taken at a very stately pace and so a very orthodox way of approaching historic jazz is the style. Lionel Hampton and Sonny Burke's 'Midnight Sun' is just one of the picks of the album from an excellent saxophonist who was a featured member of the John Dankworth Generations Band and the Back to Basie Orchestra. An album that belongs as much to the 1950s as the 2020s, as a listener an active sense of nostalgia is certainly required. Out now on Ubuntu.

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Gerald Cleaver and Devin Gray impress

I have this theory that I keep returning to that all great jazz comes from the drums or in their absence the percussive and rhythmic heart of any record you care to think about. Given that 27 Licks, a specialist record in the post-Rashied Ali …

Published: 12 Sep 2020. Updated: 16 days.

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I have this theory that I keep returning to that all great jazz comes from the drums or in their absence the percussive and rhythmic heart of any record you care to think about. Given that 27 Licks, a specialist record in the post-Rashied Ali ''multi-directional'' style that doubles the ante, not one but two drummers in a duo that began life on the streets, is taking that theory to extremes. But it works astonishingly well.

Gerald Cleaver is far more comfortable in an open avant setting than say playing hard bop, and in tandem with drummer Devin Gray, not nearly as well known but clearly someone who has a big future, the two prove adept above all at creating colours whether found in the endless variety of a cymbal crash or in the rolling thunder of a heated exchange. Listen hard and you can even hear a kind of melodic counter narrative, say on 'Berne's Tune,' Take a deep dive into 'Headed to Barbès' from the album ahead of the album's October Rataplan label release.