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Nick of Time

Artist: Mike Fletcher

Date of Release: 14/07/2014

Catalogue no: SLAMCD295

Label: SLAM

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Fletcher/Brice/Jozwiak
Mike Fletcher - Alto sax/Flute, Olie Brice – Bass, Tymoteusz Jozwiak - Drums
“Nick of Time”, the first release by the Birmingham based improvising trio ‘Fletcher/Brice/Jozwiak’ was recorded in an afternoon at Highbury Studios in Birmingham, UK. From the opening of the first track, ‘Dedication (To Tony Levin)’ (inspired by memories of the late, great drummer), the improvisations evolve as a series of spontaneous conversations between the members of the trio. They tread the line between jazz and the avant-garde; music that is simultaneously lyrically inventive and emotionally enriching.
Birmingham born Fletcher played lead alto with European Jazz Orchestra: Londoner Brice worked with Paul Dunmall and Ken Vandermark; Jozwiak moved from Poland to UK to study with Tony Levin. The three came together in 2013, immediately striking the rapport that elevates their music.

Keeping it in ‘the family’, the photography and design are by a good friend of the trio and great artist Mat Kaweczynski.

Track details:
1. Dedication (To Tony Levin) 12.27 (Fletcher/Brice/Jozwiak)
2. What Remains Is Still To Come 8.32 (Fletcher/Brice/Jozwiak)
3. From The Off 4.08 (Fletcher/Brice/Jozwiak)
4. Interlude 2.05 (Fletcher/Brice/Jozwiak)
5. Fall In 4.17 (Fletcher/Brice/Jozwiak)
6. Nick Of Time 11.42 (Fletcher/Brice/Jozwiak)

Recording details:
Date and place of recording - Highbury Studios, Birmingham
Name of sound engineer(s) for recording and mastering

Recorded by Rob Peters
Mixed by Alex Bonney
Mastered by Lewis at Stardelta

 

Reviews

 

11/09/2014 George W. Harris

The trio of Mike Fletcher/as-fl, Ollie Brice/b and Tymoteusz Jozwiak/dr create six pieces that feel loose and fairly free form. Suplle pieces such as “Dedication” and “Nick of Time” float like drifting feathers while Fletcher’s warm alto opens and closes the former, bookending Brice’s languid bass. A dreary mood floats on”What Remains is Still to Come” while effects on”Interlude” and some frolicking are palpable on “Fall In”. Some subterranean agitation by Jozwiak creates some tension on “From the Off”. Spontaneous without combustion.

 

05/08/2014 Bruce Lee Gallanter

MIKE FLETCHER/OLIE BRICE/TYMOTEUSZ JOZWIAK - Nick Of Time (Slam 295;UK) Featuring Mike Fletcher on alto sax & flute, Olie Brice on bass and Tymoteusz Jozwiak on drums. "Nick of Time", the first release by the Birmingham based improvising trio 'Fletcher/Brice/Jozwiak' was recorded in an afternoon at Highbury Studios in Birmingham, UK. From the opening of the first track, 'Dedication (To Tony Levin)' (inspired by memories of the late, great drummer), the improvisations evolve as a series of spontaneous conversations between the members of the trio. They tread the line between jazz and the avant-garde; music that is simultaneously lyrically inventive and emotionally enriching. Birmingham born Fletcher played lead alto with European Jazz Orchestra: Londoner Brice worked with Paul Dunmall, Ken Vandermark and the Riverloam Trio; Jozwiak moved from Poland to UK to study with Tony Levin. The three came together in 2013, immediately striking the rapport that elevates their music higher and higher.
'Now that I've had a chance to listen to this disc a few times, I have come to appreciate it more. Considering that bassist Olie Brice is the only musician here with whom I was previously familiar, this is a strong, spirited trio nonetheless. Turns out that saxist Mike Fletcher has also worked with Tony Bianco (in Utoma Quartet) and with saxist Tim Garland in Lammas. This trio has a strong, spirited way of playing together and thinking as one unified unit. At times I reminded of the way that Ornette Coleman's original quartet played in the early sixties when Don Cherry would lay out and Ornette would soar together with Charlie Haden and Ed Blackwell or Billy Higgins.
Mr.Fletcher switches to flute for a couple of pieces which works well with Brice's eerie bowed bass and Jozwiak's minimal percussion during a short interlude. Fletcher takes a fine long story-like flute solo on the next piece as well, the rhythm team animated in their own unique way. 'Nick of Time' is one of the best sax-led trio dates I've heard in recent memory. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG August 2014

 

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