Brigitte Beraha, Blink, Let Me Out ****

Scarcely off our player and returning for even more time spent with it Blink is the latest from highly original singer and composer Brigitte Beraha with her Lucid Dreamers band. As previously noted the songs are very strong, certainly poetic and …

Published: 10 May 2022. Updated: 7 days.

Scarcely off our player and returning for even more time spent with it Blink is the latest from highly original singer and composer Brigitte Beraha with her Lucid Dreamers band.

As previously noted the songs are very strong, certainly poetic and allowing lots of space for interplay between voice and soloing instrument, are partly composed and partly the result of improv sessions. Beraha is with saxist George Crowley, pianist Alcyona Mick and drummer Tim Giles.

It's easily one of the best vocals-led jazz achievements so far this year and even more interesting because it is so honest and adventurous, that latter quality not always evident in a field often littered with wannabe showbiz retro-indulgent crooner cosplay no matter how good the results turn out.

  • Lucid Dreamers play the Vortex, London tomorrow night and Blink is out on 20 May

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Asaf Harris, Walk of the Ducks, Ubuntu ***

For a debut Walk of the Ducks is hugely melodic and assured. Based in Brooklyn Israeli saxophonist Asaf Harris has a highly persuasive, mellow and communicative sound that summons up shades of Joshua Redman or even Michael Brecker. Stand out …

Published: 10 May 2022. Updated: 7 days.

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For a debut Walk of the Ducks is hugely melodic and assured. Based in Brooklyn Israeli saxophonist Asaf Harris has a highly persuasive, mellow and communicative sound that summons up shades of Joshua Redman or even Michael Brecker. Stand out personnel on the record include guitarist Nitzan Bar who has several significant moments that ignite the groove and create space for the ensemble and drummer David Sirkis lifts the rhythmical interest at all times without crowding the sound. The two movement 'Helen Court' has an anthemic quality, especially the first piece while the second begins in more contemplative vein. The very well-engineered album does go for tunefulness a lot (the sonic clarity in the production is so necessary) which might be tiring after a while let's face it. But there is enough going on to offset this ease both in terms of structure and all-round improvisational creativity. Ingeniously crowd noise is fed in on 'The Gate Keeper' while 'Reconnecting' has a scintillating, tactile, opening. The title track arranged for three saxes is agreeably zany with its jagged melodic pathway and high register dash. Worth discovering today.