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Tangent

Artist: Trish Clowes

Date of Release: 01/11/2010

Catalogue no: SRCD33-2

Label: Basho Records

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Track Listing

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Title

Duration

1

 

Prelude to a Sketch

2.48

2

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9.47

3

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Chalk

1.14

4

 

Sketch

7.20

5

 

Dreamer

8.46

6

 

Duet

1.11

7

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Blues for Frisell

3.00

8

 

The Master and Margarita

8.48

9

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Coloured Eye

4.05

 

 

 

 

Appearances by

Gwilym Simcock, Kathleen Willison, Nick Smart

Tangent is an ambitious new album from a stunning young saxophonist/composer Trish Clowes whose musical influences come from many sources. The opportunity write for a full orchestra on a debut album is indeed an unusual one, but this work show the breadth and scope of Trish's musical vision. Produced by one of the UK's leading jazz talents pianist and composer Gwilym Simcock, himself no stranger to cross genre work, and with an orchestra conducted by the brilliant Jules Buckley, leader of the hugely successful Heritage Orchestra the album is for Trish " a dream come true"

Works on the album are a mix of compositions for the core sextet featuring Trish Clowes Saxophone
Huw White Piano, Chris Montague Guitar, Calum Gourlay Double Bass, James Maddren Drums, Heidi Parsons Cello. Some of the pieces are augmented with guest musicians including pianist Gwilym Simcock, there is a duo with trumpeter Nick Smart and two pieces with full orchestra one of which features the stunning vocals of Kathleen Willison.

Trish Clowes says :"Having such a wealth of wonderful instrumentalists for the larger orchestrations on this album, allows me to take the listener on a journey from the opening phrase to the last track.".

 

Reviews

 

09/01/2011 Bruce Lindsay, Allaboutjazz

Tangent is an impressive debut which makes clear Clowes' emerging talents as a musician, composer and arranger. With her abilities established, Clowes has the potential to become a distinctive new voice on the UK jazz scene.
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31/10/2010 Dave Gelly, The Observer

With the rising generation of British, college-educated jazz musicians, it's often hard to separate the instrumentalist from the composer. Take 26-year-old Trish Clowes. She plays wonderful tenor saxophone with a lightness of tone reminiscent of the young Stan Getz and composes luminous music that inhabits that intriguing world at the ill-defined edges of jazz and contemporary classical music. The nine pieces on her debut album range from a improvised duet with trumpeter Nick Smart to two compositions for 35-piece orchestra. Most of the names listed are new to me, which is exciting in itself.

 

29/10/2010 Jack Massarik, Evening Standard 4 stars****

Not many young women have broken through the ranks playing tenor sax but Trish Clowes is a stylish exception. Her pure, lyrical sound has been likened to Stan Getz but I hear Charles Lloyd, especially in the upper register. She writes remarkably well too, not only for a conventional jazz line-up but also for strings, and for a player as eminent as pianist Gwilym Simcock to guest on her debut album is further indication of her talent. Look out for her in 2011 and at Ray's Jazz at Foyles at 6pm on the opening day of next month's London Jazz Festival.
JACK MASSARIK

 

24/10/2010 Julian Joseph – BBC Radio 3, Jazz Line-Up

“Trish Clowes is a young saxophonist and composer recording for the Basho label. She has a tone and style that is reminiscent of Iain Ballamy, with whom she studied, and she writes tastefully for orchestra as well as her band… The music is ambitious, fresh and experimental. Trish is a talent to watch for 2011.”

 

15/10/2010 Yorkshire Post

“Jazz players generally have to wait for senior status before they get orchestral accompaniments, but Trish Clowes, a young tenor player and composer, has gone that route for her debut. And a fine album it is too, full of promise and interesting ideas. The presence of pianist Gwilym Simcock as a guiding hand is beneficial, but Clowes scores with a light, spacious and uncluttered style, aided by a good sextet and some attractive writing for the orchestral passages. She's plainly a talented player with a bright future.”

 

10/10/2010 Chris Parker, Vortex

the music is intensely melodic, fluent and cogent, and some of the 'guest' appearances, notably Louise McMonagle's cello solo on 'The Master and Margarita' and the contribution of trumpeter Freddie Gavita to the same track, are finely judged. Clowes is already, in her mid-twenties, a much-commissioned composer, having provided material for the Tryst Piano Trio, the Phoenix Singers and the Threads Orchestra, and Tangent is both a useful showcase for her considerable compositional and instrumental talents, and a satisfying appetiser for Tangent's winter 2010 UK tour

 

08/10/2010 John Fordham, The Guardian

Clowes has a warm and sensuous sound, reflective at times of Bobby Wellins and Stan Getz...Clowes's promise – and ambitious vision – is palpable.

 

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