Eva Novoa, Circles in Blue, 577 ***(*)

TRACK REVIEW: This piano trio recording is a fine introduction to an April release from a pianist we are not at all au fait with, the Barcelona born Eva Novoa. But the bassist Masa Kamaguchi is a more known quantity memorable from a fine Russ …

Published: 14 Feb 2023. Updated: 12 months.

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This piano trio recording is a fine introduction to an April release from a pianist we are not at all au fait with, the Barcelona born Eva Novoa. But the bassist Masa Kamaguchi is a more known quantity memorable from a fine Russ Lossing album back oh five years ago and an earlier Samuel Blaser epic. The drummer Gerald Cleaver here is best known to us given we have heard the Detroiter live a few times over the years (with such contrasting figures as Benny Golson and Lotte Anker) and he is excellent on one of this year's best releases No Subject as part of East Axis. So much for the introductions. 'Circles in Blue' is over 7 and a half minutes long but seems much briefer. There is a lot of scene setting, big intervallic chordal work from the pianist, shuddering bass etc and then we are into another section of the piece. When we get to more crunching heavily accented chordal work it's at its best and this is where Cleaver and Kamaguchi respond most. Early on there's no real beat or strict rhythm but later that changes and you get a multi-directional sense like the way Andrew Cyrille plays sometimes. Novoa ventures a little towards the freer side of Masabumi Kikuchi early on in the track. Painterly, yes, abstract and highly aesthetic pervasively - and certainly you get the feeling of being in the moment. If you are into Kris Davis you will probably also be in your element discovering these special sounds that augur well for the shape of more jazz from Novoa and co on the album to come. Eva Novoa, photo: press

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Unwinding to Hayden Chisholm - new in the marlbank podcast

We're Unwinding to saxist Hayden Chisholm who we're also looking forward to hearing on a brand new recording this spring with Kit Downes and a choir from the Balkans. Also in today's podcast there's word on gig of the week, the key albums (so far) …

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We're Unwinding to saxist Hayden Chisholm who we're also looking forward to hearing on a brand new recording this spring with Kit Downes and a choir from the Balkans. Also in today's podcast there's word on gig of the week, the key albums (so far) in February and thoughts spent searching for the Philosopher's Gold. Hayden Chisholm, photo: press