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Alive

Artist: Phronesis

Date of Release: 26/07/2010

Catalogue no: EDN1021

Label: Edition Records

Price: £12

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

 

Blue Inspiration

11.07

2

 

French

8.37

3

 

Eight Hours

5.34

4

 

Abraham's New Gift

10.09

5

 

Rue Cinq Diamants

6.11

6

 

Happy Notes

10.10

7

 

Love Song

14.08

8

 

Untitled#2

7.14

 

 

 

 

 

Reviews

 

15/07/2010 John Fordham, The Gaurdian

As 2009's Green Delay album showed, the young, London-based ensemble Phronesis have a precocious compositional strength, hitching striking themes to engaging grooves; they have improv virtuosity to spare, but never show off, and make light of travelling the most devious rhythmic routes. This is a compelling session, recorded at Camden's Forge last year, with American drum star Mark Guiliana deputising for absent regular Anton Eger. Trio leader Jasper Høiby, a double-bassist with much of Dave Holland's agility and power, wrote all the pieces, which often revolve around buildups of layered rhythms setting bass patterns against contrasting drum rejoinders, a method Guiliana takes to with an explosive creativity. Pianist Ivo Neame's relaxed creativity over the most taxing rhythmic puzzles makes the band sound much more lyrical than it really is. Musing beginnings develop ambiguous Latin grooves and then abandon them for free-swing; romantic themes that sound like old John Lewis tunes for the Modern Jazz Quartet give way to astonishing bass-led twisters, as in the time-juggling Abraham's New Gift; and bass intros pinging with harmonics develop folksy melodies reminiscent of Guiliana's sometimes employer Avishai Cohen. Alive sounds like one of the hot UK jazz-album contenders of 2010.

 

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