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Seventh Sense

Artist: Tim Lapthorn

Date of Release: 16/07/2007

Catalogue no: SRCD 19-2

Label: Basho Records

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

 

Bright Mississippi (Monk)

6.45

2

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Seventh Sense (Lapthorn)

9.09

3

 

Come Rain or Come Shine (Arlen / Mercer)

7.40

4

 

The Bark and the Bite (Lapthorn)

4.07

5

 

Skylark (Carmichael / Mercer)

7.32

6

 

Laurie (Evans)

7.11

7

 

Walking Wounded (Lapthorn)

5.51

8

 

If I should Lose You (Rainger / Robin)

7.36

9

 

I'm in the Mood for Love (Mc Hugh / Fields)

4.17

 

 

 

 

Appearances by

Arnie Somogyi, Stephen Keogh

In the wake of his successful album “Natural Language” (Basho Records SRCD 9-2) Tim returns with a sparkling set of material featuring Arnie Somogyi (bass) and Stephen Keogh (drums). Seventh Sense puts the emphasis squarely back on the art of heartfelt improvisation and storytelling. The idea of the recording was to approach a number of new unrehearsed tunes with a clean slate and to see what happened. Most the tracks are first takes and there is virtually no editing, giving the music a very natural joyous feeling.

 

Reviews

 

17/08/2007 The Scotsman

PIANIST Tim Lapthorn has been gaining a fair bit of attention south of the border, and this trio set provides ample evidence of his qualities in what is currently a crowded field. He opens the set with an individual reading of one of Thelonious Monk's less commonly covered tunes, Bright Mississippi, and reveals some Monk-ish tendencies elsewhere as well, although his playing on the gentle title track evokes another major icon, Bill Evans.

His interpretations of familiar standards such as Come Rain or Come Shine, Skylark and I'm In the Mood for Love have a fresh feel, and his own writing is strong, whether at slow tempo on the serene Seventh Sense or in the energised The Bark and the Bite. Bassist Arnie Somogyi and drummer Stephen Keogh are highly compatible collaborators on a disc that could easily slip through the net, but is worth checking out.

 

27/07/2007 John Fordham, The Guardian

Tim Lapthorn is a young UK pianist who is very much absorbed in standards, and the 40-year-old piano trio legacy of the late Bill Evans. How much he favours the Evans trio's conversational approach is firmly declared in the opening account of Thelonious Monk's clangy Bright Mississippi, which becomes a conversation between all three members (Arnie Somogyi is the bassist, Stephen Keogh the drummer) almost as soon as the theme appears. Lapthorn has the long-line vision of the best improvisers, which he often sustains within pieces that have contrastingly fragmented rhythmic identities, and he uses references to familiar jazz-piano licks sparingly. Three out of the nine tracks are his own, with the quiet title track having a little of Brad Mehldau's inclination to develop slowly-blooming melodic possibilities from a simple vamp-like start. The Bark and the Bite merges a contemporary rhythmic feel, a classic-bop melody and a long, uptempo improvisation against Keogh's cymbal beat and Somogyi's emphatic walk. Lapthorn's touch, flow and fresh ideas suggest a lot of music to come, and in all probability it won't always be as close to the tradition as this is.

 

25/06/2007 Ian Mann 24Dash.com

As far as I am concerned pianist Tim Lapthorn is a recent and very welcome discovery. I first encountered his playing earlier this year at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival as part of the band "Ambulance" led by bassist Arnie Somgyi. That performance by Ambulance and other festival highlights are reviewed elsewhere on this site.

For me Lapthorn was the outstanding instrumentalist in Somogyi's band, outshining even guest trumpeter Eddie Henderson. Therefore the arrival of this CD and the opportunity to hear Lapthorn in a trio context was very much appreciated.

The pianist doesn't disappoint. In an interesting programme of standards and originals he treats us to some sparkling playing and demonstrates his considerable abilities as an improviser. Somogyi, one of the UK's most in demand players, is on bass with the versatile and inventive Stephen Keogh at the drums. Both make a huge contribution to the success of the album through their intelligent, flexible and supportive playing.>>>>>>>>

 

28/05/2007 Chris Parker, Vortex website

As a follow-up to his well-received debut album, Natural Language, pianist Tim Lapthorn has chosen to go for something more informal. In his words, he decided to 'approach a number of new, unrehearsed tunes with a clean slate and try to tell a story through the improvisation rather than any complicated arrangements of the material'. To this end, he spent a single afternoon in a studio with a top-class rhythm section – bassist Arnie Somogyi, drummer Stephen Keogh – and addressed a relatively conventional set (Monk's 'Bright Mississippi', Bill Evans's 'Laurie', Hoagy Carmichael's 'Skylark', plus familiar standards such as 'If I Should Lose You' and 'Come Rain or Come Shine' and the odd original) in as relaxed a manner as possible. The result combines the spontaneity of a live performance with the practised cohesion that comes from the interaction of three musicians who know each other's playing well and who think on their feet. Lapthorn's ballad playing leavens a natural lyricism with just enough robustness to leave an individual stamp on familiar fare, and his originals are well designed to showcase a sparkling solo facility, at the climaxes of which he is frequently moved, Jarrett-like, to cry aloud; Somogyi and Keogh are smart, eloquent, supple yet vigorous throughout. In short, an album with all the uplifting qualities – freshness and vitality, wit and panache – of a live club set, even down to the solo-piano 'encore', a version of 'I'm in the Mood for Love' that is just florid and discursive enough to put original wrinkles into the tune without distorting it with unnecessary showiness

 

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