Corto.Alto, Not For Now, Worm Disc Club ***

EP in length or ''mini-LP'' as it's being marketed it's frustrating that this isn't a full-length album. A band who have broken out of the Scottish scene over the last couple of years and who are picking up considerable interest. What they do is …

Published: 14 Dec 2021. Updated: 45 days.

EP in length or ''mini-LP'' as it's being marketed it's frustrating that this isn't a full-length album. A band who have broken out of the Scottish scene over the last couple of years and who are picking up considerable interest. What they do is fairly expansive, sunny, positive and loungey – and not as flakey as a lot of the nu-jazz bands that they are bracketed with. There's a fair amount of unison and sectional playing. Big solos are not really the point apart from on 'No Pt III' the band seem to solo so in that regard it's the Weather Report method although they sound nothing like that great behemoth from the 1970s. Glasgow trombonist, producer and composer Liam Shortall helms the band. Exact personnels are not available annoyingly but include saxophonist Harry Weir, pianist Fergus McCreadie, drummer Graham Costello and Tom Excell on percussion who also with a hand in the producing with Shortall. 'Brotherhood' featuring MC Franz Von has a hip-hop tilt and is the least compelling track. 'Mayday' is dancier and there's nimble and very lively horn work establishing the theme. 'Interlude' has a perkiness the band do so well with vocalese lines flavouring the instrumental line which is cleverly done. 'No Pt III' led off by trombone enters a laidback soul-jazz domain and it is in this area that the band really excel. Less than a half an hour of music so it's still not the whole picture and to be frank I'm a bit disappointed given their potential. It's more work in progress. If a bigger label picks the band up then there may well be a clearer direction, certainly quite a few of the tracks need scaling up. Worth your time caveats aside and certainly it's a unique sound to build on and I'll bet they have even better releases ahead of them. SG

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Kit Downes trio album Vermillion set for a February release

Pianist Kit Downes, bassist Petter Eldh and James Maddren have a new trio album Vermillion out on 11 February. The album, cover above, to be issued by German label ECM was recorded in Lugano's Auditorio Stelio Molo. Tracks are: 'Minus Monks,' …

Published: 13 Dec 2021. Updated: 37 days.

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Pianist Kit Downes, bassist Petter Eldh and James Maddren have a new trio album Vermillion out on 11 February.

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The album, cover above, to be issued by German label ECM was recorded in Lugano's Auditorio Stelio Molo. Tracks are: 'Minus Monks,' 'Sister, Sister,' 'Seceda,' 'Plus Puls,' 'Rolling Thunder,' 'Sandilands,' 'Waders,' 'Class Fails,' 'Bobbl's Song,' 'Math Amager' and 'Castles Made of Sand.' It's Downes' first piano trio recording for the label. Kit Downes photo: Paula Rae Gibson