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Sunday, April 05, 2020

CD Review: Dominic Ingham - Role Models

Dominic Ingham (violin); Jonny Mansfield (vibes); David Swan (piano); Will Sach (bass); Boz Martin-Jones (drums).
(Review by Lance)

An interesting new band, not least because of the unusual instrumentation i.e. violin and vibes over a conventional rhythm section. It works well with Mansfield's vibes sonorous and rich-toned unlike some vibists who sound as if they are hitting tuned milk bottles. 

Ingham came to jazz via the folk/classical music route and those elements are incorporated in both his playing and his compositions making for an intriguing concept. At times I didn't know whether to sit with furrowed brow or get up and attempt some quaint country dance.

When all the various streams merge it becomes a musical torrent leaving the listener breathless and grateful for the pastoral moments that inevitably follow.

Scottish pianist Swan and bassist Sach, formerly of NYC, provide support and Swan's solos are as graceful as his name implies although, when the chips are down, the feathers fly. Sach does the business and it would be interesting to discover what brought him to the UK.

Beneath it all, Martin-Jones is an integral part of the unit, hitting all the right drums and cymbals in the correct order.

The band are in Edinburgh on May 1 (God willing) and Leeds on May 3 enabling us in the northeast to wave as they pass through on May 2!
Lance

The CD is released on May 1. For more info check it out here.

1 comment :

Anne said...

Brilliant band and brilliant band members !!!!

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