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Natural Language

Artist: Tim Lapthorn

Date of Release: 13/09/2004

Catalogue no: SRCD9-2

Label: Basho

Price: £7.50

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

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Loopy (Tim Lapthorn)

5.53

2

 

Hard Times (Ray Charles)

3.53

3

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Loose Connection (Tim Lapthorn)

6.11

4

 

I Hear a Rhapsody (Fragos and Baker)

5.25

5

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Peaceful Place (Tim Lapthorn)

7.37

6

 

Strange Meeting (Bill Frisell)

3.44

7

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Bird’s Song (Tim Lapthorn)

5.05

8

 

Falling Grace (Steve Swallow)

4.58

9

 

Bemsha Swing (Thelonious Monk, arr. Pat Levett)

3.46

10

 

My Wild Irish Rose (traditional Irish)

2.32

 

 

 

 

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Patrick Levett

Tim Lapthorn is a highly gifted young jazz pianist making his mark on the British scene. His bluesy, flowing, lyrical sound sets him apart from many of his contemporaries. His music is accessible and open and his style very much his own. His trio features Tom Herbert double bass and Patrick Levett drums. “Natural Language” is their second album; the first, “Outlines”, received considerable critical acclaim and UK airplay.

 

Reviews

 

17/04/2006 Ian Shaw (Liner notes from 'Drawn to all Things' which features Tim Lapthorn)

Tim Lapthorn is one of the most emotional piano players in Europe..his album 'Natural Language' is a thing of great beauty.

 

17/01/2005 BBC Music Magazine

A lively and entertaining set...this optimistic and accomplished session has the feel of both work in progress and a strong well-turned result. Originals such as 'Loose Connection' are interleaved with the odd standard and a collector's choice of jazz themes such as Steve Swallow's 'Falling Grace' and Bill Frisell's 'Strange Meeting'. Its busy and precocious, and as a trio they get a singing quality into their collective sound.


 

12/11/2004 Jazzwise

A fluent and confident improviser with a deft touch at the keyboard and eclectic sensibility. [Natural Language is] a nicely rounded and very listenable calling card.


 

05/11/2004  Jazz Review, feature article

Natural language showcases [Lapthorn's] trio in an especially vivid and smart programme of originals and jazz material. I suppose what attracts about Lapthorn's work is its breezily natural feel - it sounds unencumbered by any need to live up to anything, and the group play like they're in love with their job and want to please and entertain. If I say its joyful and unpretentious, though, don't think it isn't handsomely performed: Lapthorn can really execute some tough and virtuosic shapes and ideas. I've watched him run through solos on a tune in a studio situation and they've all been different and ambitious, even electrifying at times. In short, the guy can play.

 

15/09/2004 Jack Kenny, Jazz Views

The overall impression of this album (Natural Language) is one of thoughtfulness, meditation and reflective improvisation. should you buy this cd? Yes! This is piano trio jazz at its best played with love and respect.


 

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