Matters Unknown, We Aren't Just, New Soil ***

There's a wonderful brass flavour to the arrangements and a pacey shift say on 'Ardu' from the initial fairly pedestrian tempo as it moves up a gear and back that hooks you in. That Theon Cross-like brassiness is a potent factor on a highly …

Published: 19 Nov 2022. Updated: 17 days.

There's a wonderful brass flavour to the arrangements and a pacey shift say on 'Ardu' from the initial fairly pedestrian tempo as it moves up a gear and back that hooks you in. That Theon Cross-like brassiness is a potent factor on a highly eclectic album that has Jonny Enser at the helm. Olivia Bhattacharjee's summery vocals are part of the blend while 'BlindSpot' has a percussive freedom to it. Enser's clarion trumpet on 'Presence' is a striking highlight of an album that punches about its weight and throws to its credit enough curveballs in its jazz journey to keep you guessing. The rap that emerges out of a chamber jazz swirl on 'Come As You Are' featuring Nadeem Din-Gabisi is a great way to round off an album that engages from the off even if it casts its net stylistically too widely at times.

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Dezron Douglas, Atalaya, International Anthem ****

Dezron Douglas is on top 2022 Billy Drummond album the fabulous Valse Sinistre within the great drummer's Freedom of Ideas band and the US bass don also hugely impresses on this record under his own name. Think the dexterity, massive chops, ringing …

Published: 19 Nov 2022. Updated: 17 days.

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Dezron Douglas is on top 2022 Billy Drummond album the fabulous Valse Sinistre within the great drummer's Freedom of Ideas band and the US bass don also hugely impresses on this record under his own name. Think the dexterity, massive chops, ringing tonality and taste of Christian McBride particularly stunning on 'Luna Moth' - Douglas is with pianist/Rhodes player George Burton drummer Joe Dyson Jr., saxist Emilio Modeste and on the 'Wheeping Birch' track - singer Melvis Santa. Bass player heaven.

Dezron Douglas photo: Matthew Pandolfe