Milman’s pieces tend to ride on slippery Afro and Latin grooves, have inbuilt airiness and be laced with lyrical melodies. Who better to breathe life into such material than Bukovsky (trumpet, flugelhorn), James Greening (trombone, trumpet, pocket trumpet), Jeremy Sawkins (guitars), Alister Spence (piano) and Fabian Hevia (drums, percussion)?
Trombonist James Greening has always been one of our most joyful and joyous players. His very choice of instrument is joyful – the whinnying, hallelujah-ing of the trombone and the jovial flatulence of the sousaphone just bring a grin to your soul.
‘…catchy themes, tight arrangements and some excellent solos.’
The compositions, all originals by Zwartz, develop organically and effortlessly, belying the extensive work that has gone into their creation. The soloists tailor their contributions to the mood of each piece, adding to the feeling that the album is a suite of connected pieces. Meanwhile, Zwartz, Stuart, Hevia and McCall lay down a rock solid basis for proceedings.
‘a strange and beautiful world conjured among the bricks and grime, the litter and the 7-11 stores’
It can all shimmer and ripple like an ambient cloud, underpinned by a deep oscillation from Zwartz’s bowed bass under trills and pings from Dewhurst’s guitar, before bursting forward with irresistible momentum.
A great way to while away 2:07 minutes! Playing in this video: Lucian McGuiness, trombone; Dan Junor, saxophone, Fabian Hevia, percussion, Aaron Flower, guitar, Zoe Hauptmann, bass. These guys are having fun 🙂
‘This innovative band continues to leave audiences dancing out of their gigs…’
The Pulse – it’s recalled fondly as ‘a moment in time’ and ‘a snapshot’ of the jazz scene when it was recorded in the summer of 2000/2001. This excerpt features the Barney McAll Unit, recorded at the Starfish Club, playing ‘Thirty Three’