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Matt Clark and Darren Beckett, Room One (The Spur Of The Moment) ****

Clark's shoes leave footprints all over Brighton Electric. Bit more than a demo! And yet it is the speaking voice and more significantly powerful playing persona of a Beckett, no Endgame at all this time, Darren. You just want to improvise? Like…

Published: 2 Jul 2021. Updated: 21 days.

Clark's shoes leave footprints all over Brighton Electric. Bit more than a demo! And yet it is the speaking voice and more significantly powerful playing persona of a Beckett, no Endgame at all this time, Darren. You just want to improvise? Like… he wonders you hear first on 'Room One (The Spur Of The Moment)'. Beckett is pretty staggering overall on Brighton Electric, and he's not at all or even rocking out as he did with Brandon Flowers. Just three tracks put out digitally-only but pretty jaw-dropping overall nonetheless the whole shebang opens with 'Holmes' Return' (let's imagine it's Holmes as in David) but hey whatever, this one is very good too so 'Room One' is certainly no fluke although 'End (Of The American Dream)' is more basic.

Darren Beckett, a jazz drummer by training and discipline, was on Brandon Flowers' The Desired Effect (2015) on this beautiful song 'The Way It's Always Been' also playing vibes on the same album's 'Still Want You'

An ''everybody sitting around waiting for the sun to come again'' instrumental duo in a very different respect given the idiom but not the way the pandemic has made panhandlers of musicians (Beckettian again of another kind) practically everywhere with guitarist Matt Clark (timbrally persuasive and succinct in the way he has with time) who is convincing 'Room One (The Spur of the Moment)' displays incredible rapport and is fundamentally bluesy. Clark, who certainly needs to be more widely known, also put out trio record One From Brooklyn earlier in the year again with Beckett agile and snug from his insoles up. SG

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Harpist Brandee Younger follows in the footsteps of Alice Coltrane and John Coltrane by signing to Impulse! Somewhere Different is to be released next month with the track 'Reclamation' streaming to introduce the Dezron Douglas-produced album for …

Published: 2 Jul 2021. Updated: 20 days.

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Harpist Brandee Younger follows in the footsteps of Alice Coltrane and John Coltrane by signing to Impulse! Somewhere Different is to be released next month with the track 'Reclamation' streaming to introduce the Dezron Douglas-produced album for the label known to borrow the title of Ashley Kahn's evocative 2006 book on the label founded by Creed Taylor in 1960 as ''the house that Trane built''. Remember Douglas and Younger's stirring Force Majeure work together last year on 'The Creator Has a Masterplan'? With Younger are drummers Allan Mednard and Marcus Gilmore, bassist Rashaan Carter, trumpeter Maurice Brown, tenorist Chelsea Baratz and flautist Anne Drummond with erstwhile Vijay Iyer trio drummer Gilmore also contributing drum programming. Bass titan Ron Carter from the Second Great Miles Davis Quintet guests on two tracks plus singer Tarriona “Tank” Ball on one. Brandee Younger photo: Erin Patrice O'Brien