Podcast - A look at Let Spin as their latest recording Thick as Thieves readies for road exposure

In the marlbank podcast today the focus is on Let Spin who tour this autumn in a run of dates that chimes with the release of Thick As Thieves out in mid-November on the Efpi label. A UK-based electric guitar, saxophone, bass guitar, drums …

Published: 20 Sep 2022. Updated: 7 days.

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In the marlbank podcast today the focus is on Let Spin who tour this autumn in a run of dates that chimes with the release of Thick As Thieves out in mid-November on the Efpi label. A UK-based electric guitar, saxophone, bass guitar, drums progressive jazz act comprised respectively of Moss Freed, Chris Williams, Ruth Goller and Finlay Panter since 2020's Steal the Light their style it's clear listening to Thick as Thieves has progressed an even more pronounced developmental sheen that further illuminates and even clarifies their dystopian, brooding, post-Ornettian and alt-rock delvings.

Let Spin, left-to-right: Finlay Panter, Moss Freed, Chris Williams, Ruth Goller. Photo: press

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Terri Lyne Carrington, New Standards Vol 1, Candid ****

Samara Joy (see podcast and earlier post) also appears on New Standards Vol 1 on the track 'Two Hearts (Lawns)' drawing on a Carla Bley composition that appeared on the 1987 Watt release Sextet and so too, a significant influence on Joy, does …

Published: 19 Sep 2022. Updated: 7 days.

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Samara Joy (see podcast and earlier post) also appears on New Standards Vol 1 on the track 'Two Hearts (Lawns)' drawing on a Carla Bley composition that appeared on the 1987 Watt release Sextet and so too, a significant influence on Joy, does Dianne Reeves, the latter with Ravi Coltrane and Terri Lyn Carrington on 'Moments'.

A very ambitious laudable attempt at gaining higher profile for female composers in the US - a companion sheet music collection of standards accompanies the project.

The album itself has 11 songs from the book and is stuffed full of starry guests. 'Rounds' with Ambrose Akinmusire is the best kept to last when the looser context suits all the players. Very good too are the tracks with flautist Elena Pinderhughes ('Wind Flower,' 'Uplifted Heart' and 'Respected Destroyer').

The blend of horns and flute on the 'Respected Destroyer' track written by Brandee Younger is a breath of fresh air. Pinderhughes' solo is worth getting the track for alone. The titanic ''jazz backbeat'' from Carrington within the drummer's overarching concept is a considerable strength, the whole thing drawing on a Blanchard-esque hard bop feel. A must for everyone interested in new female composer writing. Terri Lyne Carrington, top. Photo: press shot