Huddersfield born Jonny Mansfield, a west Yorkshire town that also raised fine saxophonist Tom Challenger, as a player impresses most on 'Norwood' and 'Etude'. If you know the vibist's work on Elftet which had sax icon Chris Potter on one track this is far more slimmed down, with different personnel, and signals less of a jazz-rock and post-bop dimension in the musical direction and veers more crossover classical but still sports heavily dyed progressive jazz roots. Bassist Will Sach, top UK drummer James Maddren who is on the upcoming Lucia Cadotsch album which is marlbank album of the week, violinist Dominic Ingham and cellist Midori Jaeger, a Take 5 participant in recent years, are collective personnel on the recording.
Watch 'Flicker' streaming on YouTube, and above, ahead of release. The Mansfield quintet play the Vortex, London, on 15 June. Jonny Mansfield, photo: press
MORE READING AND LISTENING:
- Elftet - review (2019)