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Tomer Cohen, Not the Same River, Hypnote Records ****

Less is infinitely more. The title track comes first here and immediately you feel far from the city. Guitar, double bass, drums - that's the bare detail of the instrumentation. Led by Israeli guitarist Tomer Cohen - on 'Connecting Dots' there is …

Published: 20 Feb 2023. Updated: 16 months.

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Less is infinitely more. The title track comes first here and immediately you feel far from the city. Guitar, double bass, drums - that's the bare detail of the instrumentation. Led by Israeli guitarist Tomer Cohen - on 'Connecting Dots' there is more of a role for US drummer Obed Calvaire, known for his work with the great Dave Holland. Cohen's pinpoint accurate touch way up the neck of his guitar picks out heavily detailed melancholic moods and locates sweet pools of resource that reward instant replay and refresh the senses. The third man is kiwi bassist the tone poet Matt Penman who was in his prime once again on a fine release last year led by Will Vinson. Hear him best on 'First Laps.' Cohen's sound sends up delicious thoughts of the majestic aesthetic of Jakob Bro circa December Song and on 'Sunrise' the master of deft diffidence and poetic deflection, Bill Frisell, none other - even more. A quiet and reflective never dull album, actually it's pretty stunning, because quiet and reflective makes sense - sometimes it is so quiet you have to turn the volume up to savour even more the sense of after-note reverberation - it's a great concept build on bespoke fingerstyle technique and quality originals where the emphasis is on composure, mindset and superb execution of a choreography of tablature in all intimacy. Tomer Cohen, photo: Liri Agami

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GIG OF THE WEEK

Wonderful live it's been a while since we caught Michelson Morley, some seven years, but the memory lingers long. Back then Aether Drift was long gone and Dan Messore was fully in the band, the Indigo Kid guitarist who in a way performs a Christian Fennesz-like role in a quartet that thrives on open improvisation contoured by effects triggered by leader/composer Jake McMurchie and Andy Sheppard Hotel Bristol drummer Mark Whitlam at a gig in the Vortex. McMurchie, on tenor and later soprano saxophone, is best known for his time in Get the Blessing. Michelson (pronounced “Michael-son”) Morley sound very different, Whitlam, an exciting source of rhythmic invention, was playing a bit like recent Robert Plant/Strobes drummer Dave Smith although the Strange Courage context on that occasion was a quieter less thunderous sound, the volume ramped up towards the latter part of the set. It could have got much louder to even better effect, Whitlam’s playing enhanced by unobtrusive use of a Kaoss Pad. The best part of the set was the avant riff-led section initiated by double bassist Will Harris who like Whitlam plays in the excellent Moonlight Saving Time. When Messore took a drum stick to his strings, scraping new slithers of resonance to slide and smear over the ensemble sound, we were entering a parallel dimension.

Super sized up from the trio, last heard just a few months ago from super busy bassist Fergus Quill, it's raucous stuff and fairly rough around the edges in places on their new self titled release but certainly full of a Zornian spirit and a certain excellent anarchy in the thinking. This Leeds lot recall Loose Tubes more directly than big brothers from above the Watford Gap, Beats & Pieces. Quill and the quorum are where it's at for big band right now.

Pianist Greg Foat has a crack band with him down in Dorset - The Invisible's Tom Herbert, Binker Golding from Binker and Moses and Kokoroko's Ayo Salawu.

Shri Sriram Photo: via bmusic