Philip Catherine, Paulo Morello, Sven Faller, Pourquoi, Enja ****

Dazzling guitar craft here but it's not only that: it's the mood and setting, an album that seems to scoop up a lifetime of playing and then say something about what's been gained or lost along the way. From Belgian guitar master Philip Catherine …

Published: 25 Jan 2022. Updated: 3 months.

Dazzling guitar craft here but it's not only that: it's the mood and setting, an album that seems to scoop up a lifetime of playing and then say something about what's been gained or lost along the way. From Belgian guitar master Philip Catherine with fellow guitarist Paulo Morello and bassist Sven Faller it's fairly stripped back and yet there is a lot of momentousness in the feel of the record which is led off by Catherine piece 'Pourquoi'. Most of the tracks are by Catherine or Morello with a version of Frédéric Devreese's 'First Waltz', 'Frontera' by Nicola Andrioli and Jobim's 'Inútil Paisagem' in addition. Overwhelmingly there's a certain lostness, whether it is the jazz you don't often hear any more or the memories of a time gone by, that the music seems to convey beautifully here, an exquisiteness in the bittersweet feel to 'Frontera' for instance that's captivating. A must.

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Dave Douglas' Secular Psalms set for a spring release

Here's 'Agnus Dei' from prolific trumpeter Dave Douglas' upcoming album Secular Psalms due on his label Greenleaf in April. The work was inspired by and dedicated to the 15th century polyptych 'The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb' by Jan and Hubert …

Published: 24 Jan 2022. Updated: 3 months.

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Here's 'Agnus Dei' from prolific trumpeter Dave Douglas' upcoming album Secular Psalms due on his label Greenleaf in April. The work was inspired by and dedicated to the 15th century polyptych 'The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb' by Jan and Hubert van Eyck painted for display in St. Bavo’s Cathedral in the Belgian city of Ghent. With Douglas on the album are tuba player Berlinde Deman, pianist Marta Warelis, guitarist Frederik Leroux, cellist Tomeka Reid and drummer Lander Gyselinck.