Springtime release for part 4 of Will Glaser's Climbing in Circles

Andrew Plummer's Limited Noise label next month are to release the latest instalment of drummer composer Will Glaser’s Climbing In Circles with Climbing in Circles pt. 4 following on from last year's third instalment released on the Ubuntu label. …

Published: 6 Mar 2022. Updated: 24 months.

Andrew Plummer's Limited Noise label next month are to release the latest instalment of drummer composer Will Glaser’s Climbing In Circles with Climbing in Circles pt. 4 following on from last year's third instalment released on the Ubuntu label. Matthew Herd, on saxophones and piano and trumpeter/electronic artist Alex Bonney join Glaser on the recording made over 5 days in Wales. Glaser says: “During the Covid pandemic I began to investigate recording, electronics, exploring synthesisers and processing the drums. These sound worlds and new ways of working began to influence my thoughts on improvisation and the aesthetic of the music I could make that way. I wanted to create more expressive and immersive soundworlds with – and for – the improvising. This led me to become fascinated with the compositional possibilities of improvisation within a studio context. In order to keep improvisation at the heart of the record, we went into the studio with no prepared material and extended the use of improvisation out into the whole of the recording process.''

Check marlbank later in the year for more on the release. Will Glaser, above

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Cécile McLorin Salvant, Ghost Song, Nonesuch ***

I'm in two minds about this latest album just released from jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant. At heart there is that incredible voice that is as vivid and powerful as any great jazz singer from the past or present scene. And the album contains at …

Published: 6 Mar 2022. Updated: 24 months.

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I'm in two minds about this latest album just released from jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant. At heart there is that incredible voice that is as vivid and powerful as any great jazz singer from the past or present scene. And the album contains at least two or three inspiring songs including the heartbreaker original 'Ghost Song'. I'm not sure that the sean-nós Irish traditional song framing of the album works so well however but where the album really thrives is in its rapport with pianist Sullivan Fortner. As for the covers Salvant's version of Sting's 'Until' works extremely well and I prefer it to the sprawling take on Kate Bush's 'Wuthering Heights'. A record to take your time over and to McLorin Salvant's credit she takes a lot of risks some of which work and some not so well. SG