Review by Peter Kenneally: “It’s all driven along by and part of the rhythmic net around it: when this happens, and it does often, the album draws you in and entrances you.”
The rhythm section, Ben Robertson on bass and Tony Floyd on drums, create every mood you need, from dancesway strollswagger on ‘Walk On By’ to a barely there susurrus on ‘Alfie’ and ‘I just don’t know what to do with myself’.
Peter Kenneally reviews In Cahoots by Paul Williamson’s ensemble Inside Out. But wait… it’s in the form of a sestina, and breathtaking. A little bit like the way he describes the music on this CD…
The Exquisite Corpse of Beethoven is the second album from his dectet, and comes with the promise that it ‘walks the line between jazz, contemporary classical and popular music’, creating an exciting hybrid of the three.
A piano bass and drum trio might be expected to pick a furrow and plough it, like the Necks (an acknowledged influence on Misinterprotato), but this group are exploratory and firmly, imperiously so – even if not always successfully.
Read our recent review of On a Clear Day, the Jamie Oehlers / Paul Grabowsky Jazzhead release of jazz standards. Review by Peter Kenneally.
There are two approaches usually taken to standards: either a polite respectful caressing, which tries to leach the banality out of the old chestnut, or a gut busting ‘I can make any tune do anything I want’ assault. This recording ignores both, and goes its own way right from the start…