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Tingvall – lost in thought

Shimmering like Satie before the Leonard Cohen-esque theme takes hold 'Country Road' is from the latest solo piano release by the Swedish pianist Martin Tingvall out later this month, Tingvall, leader of the hit Martin Tingvall Trio who made their …

Published: 8 Jul 2021. Updated: 15 days.

Shimmering like Satie before the Leonard Cohen-esque theme takes hold 'Country Road' is from the latest solo piano release by the Swedish pianist Martin Tingvall out later this month, Tingvall, leader of the hit Martin Tingvall Trio who made their UK live debut at Pizza Express Jazz Club in 2012, is one of Europe's most individual jazz stylists.

'Yellow Fields' also delivered in a very plain fashion sees the jazz language largely shorn. Tingvall has a highly accessible style and finds expresssion and lilting meaning in his sound, complete at more ecstatic points even with a Jarrettonian nasal vocalisation that you will easily discern interpolating on 'Yellow Fields' around the 1:28 mark for instance, that lift these pieces out of the ordinary. The melancholia and that sheer pain he conjures like salt to sprinkle on a seemingly chocolate box surface well suit these dread times.

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Larry Ochs, Donald Robinson, A Civil Right, ESP-Disk ****

There is such freedom, rapport, a sense of daring, testimony and empathy here in what is one of the finest free-jazz albums that I have heard this year up there with All Knavery and Collusion. Sax titan Ochs on tenor and sopranino saxophones makes …

Published: 7 Jul 2021. Updated: 16 days.

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There is such freedom, rapport, a sense of daring, testimony and empathy here in what is one of the finest free-jazz albums that I have heard this year up there with All Knavery and Collusion. Sax titan Ochs on tenor and sopranino saxophones makes the spirits rejoice and Robinson following a multi-directional style on drums reach heights few alive in the idiom can match. There is a concision even in the longest tracks 'Arise the Poet' and 'The Others Dream'. Above all the conversational dimension and wide screen vision the two achieve is striking, nothing is forced, ideas are explored and resolved. I haven't heard a better duo in the same idiom since 2015's Dem Ones. Before listening to this record I could scarcely imagine what it would be like falling from a plane without a parachute. I can now. A free fall for all. SG

Don Robinson, top left, and Larry Ochs