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Thursday, December 14, 2017

CD Review: Andrew Bain - Embodied Hope.

Andrew Bain (drums); George Colligan (piano); John Irabagon (tenor); Michael Janisch (bass).
(Review by Lance).
Sometimes, reading the blurb of an album can fill you full of enthusiasm for the disc, which of course is the whole idea, only to find yourself disappointed after you've cranked up the machine. Conversely, reading the notes can also act as a deterrent. For me, such was the case here.  A concept which seeks to link improvisation with the increasingly topical issues of human rights didn't get me over excited and it was only after one of those nice chaps at Whirlwind suggested I might actually like it that, with some trepidation,  I duly listened. That trepidation was soon cast aside as the record began spinning.
This could have been Herbie Hancock on Blue Note. Funky piano, paint-stripping tenor from Irabagon, sound bass (as ever) from Janisch and amazing drumming from Andrew Bain who also composed all 8 tracks of what he describes as an episodic suite.
Four men converging on a central point via different routes. Colligan maybe takes the scenic route in an old but much cherished Morris Minor, Janisch walks at a leisurely pace as bassmen do. Irabagon storms down the M6 leaving a trail of carnage behind him whilst Bain drives a bulldozer with a Formula One engine.
They all arrive on time.
Lance.
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2 comments :

S Tulip said...

Incidentally, a tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire and host of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival Jam Sessions at some posh hotel where you can mix with Soweto Kinch, Gregory Porter and the like.

Russell said...

'Faces'Bain played a brilliant gig with Paul Booth at the Corner House a few years ago.

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