Will Glaser and James Allsopp, New River Ramble ****

Through a glass darkly? Possibly. Glass half full positivity, without giving away too much of the plot, more like. A drums/saxophone duo. James Allsopp hitherto known mainly as a bass clarinettist is instead on tenor saxophone recording back in …

Published: 22 Nov 2020. Updated: 6 months.

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Through a glass darkly? Possibly. Glass half full positivity, without giving away too much of the plot, more like. A drums/saxophone duo. James Allsopp hitherto known mainly as a bass clarinettist is instead on tenor saxophone recording back in August. The pieces are about the right length, roughly averaging a little under 13 minutes each. (Why that is the right figure, an ''elapsarian'' may ponder.)

The second track beginning higher in the register contains some great tonguing. Will Glaser's method is as accompanist because that is really his role here and he does it in a colour-laden way as much superdooper listener as gifted drummer although obviously that too. However, by now the penny has dropped, Allsopp clearly steals the limelight even in such an open music-making domain. 'Paul and the Second City Steamer' is beefy and more hymnal and as the track goes on Allsopp becomes more gravelly and very bluesy. Crisp cymbal work and sticking from Glaser at the beginning of 'The Cosmic Serpent' by the way. Very good sound quality as you'll know when you listen. Not feeling ''it'' any more? You may find suitable restoration here in all freeformness if you shuffle by in from the cold after that very ''it'' but will definitely be ravenous for all this freewheeling and even more. Out now. Will Glaser photo, via Bandcamp

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Arun Luthra: tonight

Streaming is believing. Most of the time anyway. Up for some fantastic konnakol tonight? Great, makes a lot of sense given how for listening and joining the dots in a common space in terms of voice, rhythm and above all universal vibrations: music …

Published: 22 Nov 2020. Updated: 18 months.

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Streaming is believing. Most of the time anyway. Up for some fantastic konnakol tonight? Great, makes a lot of sense given how for listening and joining the dots in a common space in terms of voice, rhythm and above all universal vibrations: music as life and inner wisdom, none finer around now coming through than saxist Arun Luthra, in the Trilok Gurtu bracket aura wise regardless of instrument chosen for sure. Arun is with Thomson Kneeland on double bass and Jonathan Barber on drums. Time to go on YouTube to watch is 11pm (London/Dublin) time.