Dee Byrne: alto/compositions; André Cannière: trumpet; Rebecca Nash: piano; Olie Brice: double bass; Matt Fisher: drums.
(Review by Steve H).
I have seen Entropi a couple of times and enjoyed both gigs immensely so I was very excited when their second CD, Moment Frozen, dropped through the letter box. I am pleased to say that my high expectations were confirmed in full.
According to the liner notes the compositions are inspired ‘galactic and chronometric’ themes. The concept of the album is that life is a series of snapshots, “If we hold each of them up to the light, are we happy with these frozen moments, which, make up the sum of our existence?” Thought provoking stuff and the album certainly has a stimulating and stellar like quality.Things get off to a cracking start with the fairly straight ahead Stelliferous Era (one of the 5 stages of the life of the universe). Coincidently, all members of the quintet get to show off what they are about with André Cannière playing in a Miles-like fashion..
Fish Whisperer, after a tentative start, has an explosive saxophone solo in the middle before returning to a whispery finale.
There’s quite a disjointed feel to Interloper; it bursts into life with all manner of instruments playing off against each other - as disturbing as an intruder may be, although I thoroughly enjoyed the incursion.
The title track, Moment Frozen, is described as “recreating the circular motion of this (see Elst Pizarro) comet/asteroid in the asteroid belt...” and certainly has a cinematic cosmic feel to it.
It’s Time highlights a wonderful solo from Rebecca Nash on Rhodes, underpinned by great double bass work from Olie Brice and Matt Fisher on drums before Dee Byrne and Andre Canniere combine to great effect.
A stark double bass intro to In the Cold Light of Day, melancholy trumpet takes over, then the piece explodes as Byrne hits us with a spellbinding alto solo, until a far more tranquil section takes over.
Elst Pizarro is inspired by a body found in space which displays characteristics of both a comet and asteroid - a bit like some people I know, actually.
Leap of Faith provides a languid and peaceful conclusion to a genuinely fine album from one of the UK’s great crop of young contemporary jazz bands.
Entropi - Moment Frozen - Available on Whirlwind.