Ziv Ravitz and Lionel Loueke, Within This Stone, Intuition ****

It doesn't get much better than this in terms of flow and mellow joyfulness. It only takes two but what a pairing. Herbie Hancock guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke in magnificent form here with Avishai Cohen drummer Ziv Ravitz together in …

Published: 21 Dec 2022. Updated: 38 days.

It doesn't get much better than this in terms of flow and mellow joyfulness. It only takes two but what a pairing. Herbie Hancock guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke in magnificent form here with Avishai Cohen drummer Ziv Ravitz together in Switzerland last year. Loueke's vocal on 'Vi Gnin' is meltingly beautiful.

Within This Stone includes a head bobbing new arrangement of 'Aziza's Dance' a piece of Loueke's relayed so funkily with Dave Holland, Chris Potter and Eric Harland on their 2016 Dare2 album Aziza.

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Track of the day - The Necks, 'Imprinting'

You can't easily quantify the impact The Necks can have on you. Formed of pianist Chris Abrahams, bassist Lloyd Swanton and drummer Tony Buck, the Australian band are lauded for their experimental approach beyond modalism approaching a minimalism …

Published: 21 Dec 2022. Updated: 38 days.

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You can't easily quantify the impact The Necks can have on you. Formed of pianist Chris Abrahams, bassist Lloyd Swanton and drummer Tony Buck, the Australian band are lauded for their experimental approach beyond modalism approaching a minimalism of their own design that elides oblique shards of melody and the intimation if not the full realisation of beat into a continuous stream. 'Imprinting' is typical of their long form genre-less work but does not exert as firm a headlock on you as The Necks at times can. Casting an intense pulsar spell nevertheless - even the most talented hypnotist would beg for mercy in their considerable wake. From Travel out on Northern Spy in February. Photo: Bandcamp

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