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The Journey

Artist: Martin Speake

Date of Release: 01/01/2004

Catalogue no: CD BBJ2025

Label: Black Box

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Track Listing

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Title

Duration

1

 

‘The Journey’ – MARTIN SPEAKE

2

 

‘2. JT’s Symmetrical Scale’ – MARTIN SPEAKE

3

 

‘Remember’ – MARTIN SPEAKE

4

 

‘Charukeshi’ – MARTIN SPEAKE

5

 

‘Playing In Todi’ – MARTIN SPEAKE

6

 

‘Still With Me’ – MARTIN SPEAKE

 

 

 

 

THE JOURNEY MARTIN SPEAKE / DHARAMBIR SINGH / SARVAR SABRI
(CD BBJ2025)

This disc represents an exciting fusion of jazz and North Indian classical music

This trio's music was described in the press as “true multi-cultural synthesis”, while The Guardian heralded Speake’s ability as an all-round musician: "Martin Speake is not just a distinctive improviser but a striking composer too".

This disc is essential for all fans of both jazz and world music

 

Reviews

 

01/11/2004 4-stars, Kenny Mathieson, Jazzwise, Nov 2004

“Martin Speake rarely fails to come up with music that is both deeply intriguing and distinctive, and his collaboration with these two Bristish-based Indian musicians is no exception. The fundamental musical language they employ owes more to Indian music than jazz in its structures and practices as well as its overall impression on the listener, but they weave the two streams in wholly satisfying fashion, with no feeling of an artificial crossover or undue forcing of square pegs into round holes. The saxophonist’s characteristic jazz style is very much based on melody and rhythm rather than complex harmony in any case, and as he points out, that lends itself well to the demands of Indian music. The two Indians are equally adept at adjusting to the nuances of Speake’s compositions (two of the six are co-written with the collaborators), and the three combine to carve fresh and attractive music from their joint sources. Indo-jazz fusion has been done many times in a whole range of guises, and this project adds another eminently successful attempt to the roll call. “

 

01/01/2004 John Kelman, Allaboutjazz.com

"Alto saxophonist Martin Speake continues to be an all too well-kept secret in the UK. With a discography that has ranged from the more free-flowing extemporization of The Ta T'ien to the intimate Amazing Grace, from the world music view of Fever Pitch to a unique take on Exploring Standards, Speake's career has been defined by a clear sense of the lyrical that pervades everything he does. And with his work finally appearing on labels with wider distribution, listeners outside of the UK are finally getting the opportunity to find out what British audiences have known for over fifteen years: that Speake is a player who brings his own voice to every project, with an almost voracious appetite for different musical contexts. His latest release, The Journey, documents a trio that Speake has worked with for fifteen years. Teamed with two of England's biggest proponents of Indian music, sitarist Dharambir Singh and tabla/ghatam player Sarvar Sabri, Speake demonstrates yet again that his larger world view makes anything possible.

With compositions that owe much to the classical Indian tradition, Speake and the trio manage to create something much more than just a Westerner dabbling in things Eastern or vice versa. Speake clearly understands the form and stays with the concept of chordal stasis, exploring instead the possibilities of melody and rhythm, with Western modal improvisation being the closest reference point. Singh and Sabri, on the other hand, broaden their vision and incorporate harmonies that, while feeling authentically of the Indian tradition, are clearly not. One example is “JT's Symmetrical Scale,” which Speake has recorded more than once before, based on a scale common to pianist John Taylor's music. It has an eastern tinge, but with its alternating minor third and half-step, it requires Singh to alter the tuning of his instrument.

The overall complexion of the recording is trance-like and deeply spiritual. Only on the group improvisation “Playing in Todi” do things heat up. True to the raga form, Speake, Singh and Sabri take their time to explore the variations that a single scale can provide. And what is remarkable is how, as is the case in the best traditional Indian music, the musicians maintain interest on extended pieces, saying so much with so little. The hypnotic nature of the longer pieces on the record, including the nineteen-minute title track, have a way of bending time; pieces seem to flow from one to the next, feeling on one hand timeless, on the other hand over all too soon.

Throughout the record the trio feel tightly connected, with Speake and Singh empathic in the way that they range from personal solo flights to call-and-response to, seemingly out of nowhere, merging into tight unison. The Journey represents a true meeting of cultures. Sabri says it best: “This recording is not Indian music nor is it jazz. This is modern Britain.”

 

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