Tyshawn Sorey trio, Mesmerism, Pi *****

S'wonderful. Added to albums of the year so far to appear in the next update. Drummer, composer and influential educator Tyshawn Sorey here with pianist Aaron Diehl and bassist Matt Brewer steps away you'd think from the avant-garde for this slice …

Published: 12 Jul 2022. Updated: 29 days.

S'wonderful. Added to albums of the year so far to appear in the next update. Drummer, composer and influential educator Tyshawn Sorey here with pianist Aaron Diehl and bassist Matt Brewer steps away you'd think from the avant-garde for this slice of what becomes dream jazz dipping in and out of elements of a well-worn canon while still sounding like the future. Diehl responds beyond his comfort zone and is more circumspect than ever. That obliqueness he finds suits him. Brewer usually is most comfortable with for want of a better description chamber-jazz or advanced progressive sounds couched in post-bop and again seems redirected and shaped by Sorey into another fresh universe entirely.

Pieces include Horace Silver’s 'Enchantment' where Diehl strips out the Cape Verdean rhythmic ingredient to rearrange and reharmonise it in the process finding a lot more space for its motifs and sense of grace to linger that bit longer and more tellingly. Muhal Richard Abrams' 'Two Over One' and Duke Ellington's 'REM Blues' plus Paul Motian’s 'From Time to Time' are also here. The version of 'Autumn Leaves' is perhaps the weakest choice for inclusion. Sorey, in Vijay Iyer's trio on the Uneasy record, sounds very different. He casts instead a critical eye over a tradition in radical transformation and if anything hits even more of a bull's eye than on that formidable record. An early strong contender for album of the year it's not rash to claim given what we know. SG

Aaron Diehl, top left, Tyshawn Sorey, Matt Brewer. Photo: from the sleeve

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Kim Myhr, Up To The Sun Shall Go Your Heartache, Hubro ***

No pining for the fjords more a cosmic jam. Drawn from August's Sympathetic Magic let's get a small cavil out of the way with a harrumph of a mutter about the overly wordy 'Up To The Sun Shall Go Your Heartache'. Forget healed - did you get burnt? …

Published: 12 Jul 2022. Updated: 29 days.

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No pining for the fjords more a cosmic jam. Drawn from August's Sympathetic Magic let's get a small cavil out of the way with a harrumph of a mutter about the overly wordy 'Up To The Sun Shall Go Your Heartache'. Forget healed - did you get burnt? There are blisters on your blisters. The otherwise blameless track has an audaciously sprawling astral flourish to it curveballed towards an improviser's way of thinking that makes up for the away day down the ashram feel. While there isn't a lot of harmonic development, it's more a warm immersive wash of a feeling with a lot of saturated colour the balm in the process. Layers and layers usher us into a beatific hippy jazzdom. Norwegian auteur Kim Myhr goes overdubtastic factoring in the kitchen sink and some spare tubing just about. Just think synths really instead. An un-tineared DJ, like Father Christmas, Lord Lucan and the Loch Ness Monster one surely exists, would follow this track by playing anything from Miles Davis late-period release 1989 classic Aura and that would make for even more sympathetic magic. Now where's a bong and a new set of robes when you need some? It is a while after all until the veritably Druidic ritual of album release day dawns. Buy

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