Mathias Eick, When We Leave, ECM ****

You need vision to make a difference. It's here. Like a lullaby, a confessional, an outpouring, a ritual journeying to and from the primeval. Deeply emotional and quite moving in places yet never trite When We Leave is up there with trumpeter …

Published: 29 Sep 2021. Updated: 28 days.

You need vision to make a difference. It's here. Like a lullaby, a confessional, an outpouring, a ritual journeying to and from the primeval. Deeply emotional and quite moving in places yet never trite When We Leave is up there with trumpeter Mathias Eick's masterwork The Door. Because it's there in the long developed specific timbre, in the tone, in the headspace, in the sanctity of the wholeness of these unique jazz-tinged, sometimes homespun, Nordic reinventions of stillness and a space where the sound of the universe can penetrate an eternal darkness. There is group think throughout and a focus all part of why When We Leave is a significant achievement from Eick, Håkon Aase, Andreas Ulvo, Audun Erlien, Torstein Lofthus, Helge Andreas Norbakken and Stian Carstensen.

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Big band Neame – a landmark moment for the UK jazz scene

Ivo Neame heard on powerful form at the Vortex just last week performing with rising star saxist Emma Rawicz and playing the same Steinway utilised jamming with Wynton Marsalis at the east london club in 2010 has a new big band studio album …

Published: 28 Sep 2021. Updated: 29 days.

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Ivo Neame heard on powerful form at the Vortex just last week performing with rising star saxist Emma Rawicz and playing the same Steinway utilised jamming with Wynton Marsalis at the east london club in 2010 has a new big band studio album Glimpses of Truth out this autumn that immediately sounds like a new career peak. A galaxy of post-bop-and-beyond virtuoso talent appear with Neame recording last October, the realisation something of a first for the prodigiously talented man of Kent, the album to be released on the Whirlwind label in late-November.

Included in its personnel are Empirical's alto star Nathaniel Facey and his bandmate bassist Tom Farmer, Canadian trumpet icon Ingrid Jensen, admired Israel-born guitarist Gilad Hekselman and saxist Jason Yarde, this year significant on Anthony Joseph's brilliant The Rich Are Only Defeated When Running For Their Lives here in the mix on baritone. Apparently inspiration for the track 'The Rise of the Lizard People' involved Neame discovering an article that claimed some 12 million Americans believe interstellar lizards run the United States. “I wanted to write a tune that would encourage people to wake up and question their beliefs,'' Neame says.