The Fergus Quill trio, ¡Blamo!, Tight Lines ***1/2

Slurping up spaghetti for breakfast there's a zaniness thumpingly led by Leeds scenester bassist Fergus Quill on 'Boris Hates Jazz… And That Suits Us Just Fine' as the trio slalom in and out. 'Mayville Six' stopped me in my tracks - Nico Widdowson …

Published: 22 Dec 2022. Updated: 28 days.

Slurping up spaghetti for breakfast there's a zaniness thumpingly led by Leeds scenester bassist Fergus Quill on 'Boris Hates Jazz… And That Suits Us Just Fine' as the trio slalom in and out. 'Mayville Six' stopped me in my tracks - Nico Widdowson playing a crappy piano very well. When the track goes anarchic towards the end it gets even more interesting. Widdowson continues his Bud Powell-like approach on the uptempo bebopiness of 'Cat Scran' - close your eyes and the trio could be in a W. Eugene Smith photograph. They are not bothered about levelling oop north anything but upping sticks to climb the stairs up to some Sixth Avenue loft in the 1950s they seem to be hankering for instead. The bass leader begins 'Sun Dream' on his tod. Quill's technique recalls the peaks achieved by Welsh wiz Huw V. Williams a bit circa Hon. 'Once Upon a Time in the North' is the best piece. The vocals sprinkled about are OK. Drummer Theo Goss is stimulating most on the quick canter that Goss cooks up on 'Tune for Ennio'. Overall as fun and as satisfying as a clerihew. ('It was rather disconcerting for Hannibal/When he was introduced to a cannibal/Who expressed the very highest opinion/Of cold pickled Carthaginian' - a particular favourite). Beyond all distracting whimsy, a trio to stuff your face on Panettone to and hear live - pronto. SG

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Ziv Ravitz and Lionel Loueke, Within This Stone, Intuition ****

It doesn't get much better than this in terms of flow and mellow joyfulness. It only takes two but what a pairing. Herbie Hancock guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke in magnificent form here with Avishai Cohen drummer Ziv Ravitz together in …

Published: 21 Dec 2022. Updated: 38 days.

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It doesn't get much better than this in terms of flow and mellow joyfulness. It only takes two but what a pairing. Herbie Hancock guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke in magnificent form here with Avishai Cohen drummer Ziv Ravitz together in Switzerland last year. Loueke's vocal on 'Vi Gnin' is meltingly beautiful.

Within This Stone includes a head bobbing new arrangement of 'Aziza's Dance' a piece of Loueke's relayed so funkily with Dave Holland, Chris Potter and Eric Harland on their 2016 Dare2 album Aziza.

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