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Thursday, October 18, 2018

CD Review: Caroline Scott - Khoalesce

Caroline Scott (drums); John Turville (piano); Kevin Glasgow (bass); Duncan Eagles (tenor).
(Review by Lance).
I think the moment has arrived when, if we have to genderise drummers, the exclamation marks are to be reserved for male percussionists, such are the numbers of women - not just making music, but doing it behind a drum kit.
This is the last time I'll refer to sex (as in gender) on this blog. Caroline Scott is and, like all musicians, an artist first and foremost. This is proven by the drive she provides behind three of the UK's top jazzers.
Perhaps we should also stop saying UK, or even local, such is the globalisation of the music.
Certainly, the four players here could hold their own anywhere from a backstreet pub on a sink estate to the Newport Jazz Festival on Rhode Island.
Turville, Eagles and Glasgow are familiar names to me but Scott, I didn't know.
Shame on me! Scott composed all the tunes and is justifiably referred to as 'a powerful emerging artist and a genuine force to be reckoned with on the international jazz scene'.
This, despite undergoing open-heart surgery last year which allowed her to concentrate on composing the music for Khoalesce - you win some, you lose some. The music and her playing indicate that she won both.
Apart from the leader, who doesn't make this a drummer's showcase, Eagles is at his fiery best as well as providing moments of lyricism as does Turville. The pianist, whose awards are multiple, dazzles and delights - helped along by Glasgow's masterful electric bass playing.
Recommended.
Lance.

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