Binker and Moses, Feeding the Machine, Gearbox ****

You need stamina to be a Binker and Moses listener as this incendiary sax and drum duo do not have ''hold back'' in their vocabulary. That comes with its own perils. And the solution to full-on extravagance here is to change all production …

Published: 25 Feb 2022. Updated: 2 days.

You need stamina to be a Binker and Moses listener as this incendiary sax and drum duo do not have ''hold back'' in their vocabulary. That comes with its own perils. And the solution to full-on extravagance here is to change all production rationale by recording in the west country at top pop studio Real World and by adding a contribution from Partikel bassist Max Luthert with electronics and tape loops engineered by Hugh Padgham famed for his ''gated drum'' innovation heard on the Phil Collins classic 'In the Air Tonight' (1981). Opener 'Asynchronus Intervals' has a thoughtful almost remorseful feel to it so the mood is different. But the fireworks can still be found on this fine album amid the haze and woozy meditations when Binker Golding really opens up into a full-on Coltranian space. 'Feed Infinite' is easily the best track but there are plenty of other goodies here and once again the chemistry between Binker and Moses Boyd is remarkable. Binker and Moses 2.0? Perhaps. Certainly Luthert and the handsome sound have helped add new life to the basic spark of intent and what a thrill it is.

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Ilmiliekki Quartet, Ilmiliekki Quartet, WeJazz *****

One of the best releases of 2022 so far and what a formidable record this is. The Finnish band's world class trumpeter Verneri Pohjola is on top form and provides a brooding seriousness throughout that is very compelling. Pianist Tuomo Prättälä …

Published: 24 Feb 2022. Updated: 2 months.

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One of the best releases of 2022 so far and what a formidable record this is. The Finnish band's world class trumpeter Verneri Pohjola is on top form and provides a brooding seriousness throughout that is very compelling. Pianist Tuomo Prättälä proves a dramatic foil say on 'Follow the Damn Breadcrumbs' and on a track like 'Aila' which emotionally pushes heightened raw, tragic, dramatic buttons there is an epic majesty to the group playing. Ilmiliekki don't do cliché or fall back on nostalgia. A serious record for serious times certainly, the band are in their prime and this proves to be a new landmark in Ilmiliekki's considerable discography to date that you've just got to hear.