Track of the day: Tidal Wave

Augurs well… Butcher Brown's profile is on the up signing to a big label in the States as discussed last week and the terrific lead-off title track from the Tidal Wave album is streaming. The piece is a William Jeffrey composition featured on Ronnie …

Published: 9 Mar 2020. Updated: 2 years.

Augurs well… Butcher Brown's profile is on the up signing to a big label in the States as discussed last week and the terrific lead-off title track from the Tidal Wave album is streaming. The piece is a William Jeffrey composition featured on Ronnie Laws 1975 Blue Note album, Laws debut as a leader, Pressure Sensitive.

The hard blowing beefy tenor sax part is worth zoning in on. That's Marcus Tenney, who solos blisteringly against a sense of the 1970s initial electric piano sound instilled by DJ Harrison, a symphonic strings synth sound sampled from the Laws album introduced in the background with later woozy pitch bend passages loosening the sound up. The Butcher Brown rhythm section is completed by bassist Andrew Randazzo, guitarist Morgan Burrs fairly inconspicuous after his tasty initial interplay back in the intro and by alert drummer Corey Fonville.

Update to UK dates as well as the Band on the Wall date previously reported Butcher Brown are also playing Ronnie Scott's on 28 March the night before the Manchester date.

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Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard, Steve Swallow, Life Goes On

Andy Sheppard for years has been known as much for his sideman work with the great Carla Bley as he is for his own, still often adored however overshadowed, records. Here, in what might seem at times an amiable and accessible selection but proves …

Published: 8 Mar 2020. Updated: 2 years.

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Andy Sheppard for years has been known as much for his sideman work with the great Carla Bley as he is for his own, still often adored however overshadowed, records. Here, in what might seem at times an amiable and accessible selection but proves just as often a dark record the blues along the way provide a glimmer of calm that transform into intimate often black as night interiors, his role is more significant than ever.

Bley's vastly influential sound tunnels back to the deep jazz past and yet she still has one foot in the present given how adept she is at delivering a sense of abstract contemplation that is very now and unsoiled by oversentimentality. The 'Beautiful Telephones' suite is at the heart of this latest album. Make a beeline there but the album holds up throughout.

The rapport that she has with her husband and long time bass guitarist Steve Swallow and that extends to Sheppard as a kind of orator for her compositional ideas you couldn't buy as it isn't for sale. The Englishman is mood setter in chief and excels the more elegiac he becomes. The architect as always however is Bley whose only raw material is as natural as song. SG. Out now on ECM.

Photo above: Geoff Andrew.