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In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Monday, June 16, 2014

CD Review: Paper Birds - Rallidae

Scott Colberg (bass, voice); Alex Samaris (voice); Angela Morris (tenor sax, voice, composer)
(Review by Ann Alex).
A 4-track debut EP by  Brooklyn-based jazz trio Paper Birds.  Music and words are by Ms Morris apart from the lyric on track one (by poet Johanna Skibsrud).  Lovers of free jazz may well enjoy this, as may do adventurous jazz fans who like strong effective lyrics.  It’s good to hear free jazz with words.  Track one reminded me of performances by The Incredible String Band, cult folk band of the 1960’s, and track three had shades of West Side Story. But really this sort of music has to be heard to be appreciated properly.
The singers perform in high light voices to portray the paper birds of track 1, to effective sax and bass interventions.  The tracks pass seamlessly one to another, and track 2 opens with a shimmering sax of many tones, then scales, and the lyric of a love song, ‘every hair on your head is prettier than you know’, followed by a jazz scat male voice in a sort of question and answer with the sax.  Tracks 3 and 4 ‘smells like paint’ and ‘long time’ sound a bit more like structured songs.  Track 3 is about a man drunk in a bar, with amusing fast sax between the ‘verses’; track 4 is a meaningful song about things that happen slowly, such as a ‘heart that takes a long time to love’, with music from the bass. But the instrumentation is far more interesting than I’ve made it sound.  As described on the information sheet ‘in contrast to a solo-centric jazz aesthetic, are largely ensemble constructions whose individual facets emerge into focus amid the shimmering group textures.
Ann Alex.
Released in April from rallidae.bandcamp.com  Also via i-tunes etc.

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