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Friday, May 23, 2014

EP Review The Slowlight Quartet In Flight

Paul Loraine (keyboards), Ian ‘Dodge’ Paterson (double bass), Jonathan Marriott (drums) & Tom Quilliam (tenor & soprano saxophones)
(Review by Russell).
The Slowlight Quartet’s debut five track limited edition EP is a study in beautifully crafted, understated composition and performance. The five tunes, written by Paul Loraine, are a feast for the ears. Melodies marinate, infused with subtle spices, the music world’s equivalent of the slow cooking movement.
The title track, In Flight, exemplifies the band’s sound; deceptively simple melody, layered introduction of the instrumentalists, brevity of solo subservient to the composition. Loraine’s keyboards deny Tom Quilliam’s sinewy tenor an extended solo (a compositional hallmark), a sudden, triumphant ending leaving the listener wanting more. Shifting Ground opens with Ian Paterson’s commanding double bass figure shadowed by Quilliam’s shimmering tenor. A typical twist (or shift) engages piano and Jonathan Marriott’s drums in a drum ‘n’ bass vibe, disturbed by Quilliam switching to fiery soprano, ultimately quelled by Loraine’s keys.
Iris – flower or eye? Perhaps inspired by petals opening, revealing themselves over time, perhaps a slow shutter speed, time-lapse photography. Who knows? The tune hears the Slowlights at their most reflective. Paterson leads off, Marriott uses brushes to great effect, Quilliam’s measured tenor, a magical phrase from Loraine makes the tune. The EP’s penultimate track – Peregrine – begs the question: Who’s that like? Familiar, contemporary jazz? Yes, but…it’s the Slowlights, that’s who! Keys and tenor state the theme over Marriott’s mallets, Quilliam threatens to ratchet-up the tension, the ensemble takes it down, bassist Paterson intervenes with a considered solo, ceding to Quilliam and Marriott who have the last word.  The Slowlight Quartet isn’t about solo flights, the final track – Walking Spanish – typifies the collective approach of Loraine, Paterson, Marriott and Quiliam. In Flight is a welcome addition to the burgeoning catalogue of fine recordings by north east musicians. The EP is a limited edition release. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Liam Gaughan. A download alternative is available. Visit www.theslowlightquartet.co.uk Highly recommended.     
Russell.             

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