Trish Clowes, A View With A Room, Greenleaf ****

A cerebral listen this subtle and complex quartet album from UK sax star Trish Clowes has a punchy, circuitous momentum pushed on determinedly by drummer James Maddren with spiky piano accompaniment from Ross Stanley and guitarist Chris Montague. …

Published: 24 Apr 2022. Updated: 2 months.

A cerebral listen this subtle and complex quartet album from UK sax star Trish Clowes has a punchy, circuitous momentum pushed on determinedly by drummer James Maddren with spiky piano accompaniment from Ross Stanley and guitarist Chris Montague. Clowes often reminds me of the witty and puckish method of Iain Ballamy and as she swoops and dives at the heart of her improvisations Ballamy again springs to mind which is no bad thing at all at the heart of the Clowes approach. There's no sentimentality here, more an urgency on the title track for instance but on the thoughtful 'Morning Song' Clowes also shows her mastery of space and time. My only caveat is that the compositions take a little too long to unravel but patient listeners will be rewarded once they eventually crack the always rewarding Clowes code.

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Aaron Seeber, 'Fire Waltz,' Cellar Live ****

Track of the day is this very busy version of Mal Waldron's 'Fire Waltz' from relative unknown drummer Aaron Seeber here with a bunch of much better known players in vibist Warren Wolf, altoist Tim Green, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and pianist Sullivan …

Published: 23 Apr 2022. Updated: 7 months.

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Track of the day is this very busy version of Mal Waldron's 'Fire Waltz' from relative unknown drummer Aaron Seeber here with a bunch of much better known players in vibist Warren Wolf, altoist Tim Green, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and pianist Sullivan Fortner. Wolf and Fortner's interplay wrapped around by vivid splashes of drum passion from Seeber keeps you listening as the tune sprawls into a disciplined sense of improvisation. The track is included on the retro-studded album First Move which is to be released next month.