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Next week on marlbank: look out for an interview with Russell Oliver Stone

Chiming with the release of the very fine Full House check marlbank next week for an interview with Russell Oliver Stone whose collaboration on the Stone Records release with studio legend Mitch Dalton is a significant pleasure. You may recall the …

Published: 1 May 2021. Updated: 6 days.

Chiming with the release of the very fine Full House check marlbank next week for an interview with Russell Oliver Stone whose collaboration on the Stone Records release with studio legend Mitch Dalton is a significant pleasure. You may recall the marvellous R&J Stone 1976 song 'We Do it' that most songwriters would give their eye teeth for and listeners just thank their lucky stars when it comes on still on the radio. That hit song was a duet with his wife Joanne, once heard it is never remotely possible to be forgotten. It inhabits you and lives on beyond analysis and enters the pores.

Full House is jazz, Russell landing in a Georgie Fame space in terms of hipness, few can do that properly, and where there's a Wes there's a way. It's excellent. In the interview Russell will explain more about the making of the album.

Tracks include 'Up and At It' and 'West Coast Blues' the album also connects with the London zeitgeist of the 1960s. Album lyrics are very much cool, wise and erudite.

Big time session guitarist Mitch Dalton has incredible chops as is obvious on the record not only if you know his work, and reputation. Check him out on classic Van Morrison album Wavelength above and more recently with the Studio Kings. If you know Jo Caleb's work or more exactly Nigel Price's then you will see how Mitch was there back in the day. Players like Jo and Nigel stand on the shoulders of giants such as Mitch and ultimately to Wes Montgomery and go even further back to Charlie Christian pivotal in bebop and the Wes interior soundtrack as an inspiration. The duoplay on the record is just right.

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Rachel Musson, Reeling ****

A solo tenor saxophone free improvisation from Rachel Musson, one of the top improvisers in the UK oh for years. What the saxist does is not to paraphrase, it is also not total wipe-out. Musson can do scalding, unrelenting, all the things that the …

Published: 1 May 2021. Updated: 5 days.

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A solo tenor saxophone free improvisation from Rachel Musson, one of the top improvisers in the UK oh for years. What the saxist does is not to paraphrase, it is also not total wipe-out. Musson can do scalding, unrelenting, all the things that the ill-informed might expect is meat and drink for a free-improviser. But the language has a far bigger vocabulary. And Musson's use of its infinite resource is more extensive than anyone can easily chart in whatever the chosen sense. For instance, Musson is good at stepping back and giving the music space. Humanising the texture is something again that the saxist is very adept at so it is realisable that there is actually a reed there and not only the sound down by the tube station at midnight of roar and knockout. On 'Reeling' you get the idea of immense characterisation in the improvisation and heat above all else, a compelling rotation of Musson's own immaculate divining. On Dreamsing, 21 May, 577