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Thursday, January 26, 2017

CD Review: Mosaic – Subterranea

Ralph Wyld (vibraphone), James Copus (trumpet & flugelhorn), Sam Rapley (clarinet & bass clarinet), Cecilia Bignall (cello), Misha Mullov-Abbado (double bass) & Scott Chapman (drums & percussion)
(Review by Russell)
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Ralph Wyld has toured widely with Mosaic and worked as a sideman in several other bands. The release of this debut CD as a leader is an opportunity for Wyld to present his own compositions to an album-buying public. All tracks on Subterranea (seven of them, of which two are ‘interludes’) are written by Wyld and they are interpreted by musicians of his own generation, themselves forging distinctive careers in an increasingly crowded talent pool of British music school graduates seeking to make their mark.

Subterranea is produced by fellow vibraphonist Jim Hart, this was, no doubt, a conscious choice by Wyld – having someone on board who has an affinity with the music and how it should be heard. A Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition award for the title track – Subterranea – marks out the vibes man as a composer to keep tabs on (and listen to). This tune together with Cryptogram are perhaps the ‘jazz’ tunes on the album. Sam Rapley impresses, being particularly effective on bass clarinet, James Copus, trumpet, similarly makes a telling contribution on Cryptogram, as does drummer and percussionist Scott Chapman.                        
Russell.

Subterranea by Ralph Wyld’s Mosaic is available on Edition Records (EDN 1077). Ralph Wyld is on tour during 2017.        

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