HOME | ARTISTS AND BANDS | CDS BY TITLE | TOP TEN CDS | LATEST CDS | ARTIST NEWS | JAZZ GIGS | FEATURED ARTIST | CUSTOMER INFORMATION | CONTACT | ABOUT US

Alimentation

Artist: Solstice

Date of Release: 09/12/2016

Catalogue no: TRR-020

Label: Two Rivers Records

Price: £10

Add to Shopping Basket

 

Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

listen

Ultimate Big Cheese

2

 

Mourning Porridge

3

 

The Anchor Song

4

 

Tilt

5

 

Avocado Deficit

6

 

Her Words, Like Butterflies

7

 

Universal Four

8

 

Solstice

9

 

Unspoken

 

 

 

 

Appearances by

Brigitte Beraha, John Turville

Take six of the foremost composers and musicians from the thriving East London jazz scene,- Tori Freestone-saxes/ flute, Brigitte Beraha-voice, John Turville-piano, Jez Franks-guitar, Dave Manington-double bass & George Hart-drums - add in a generous dash of friendship, a smattering of diverse influences, lightly season with a pinch of inspiration, and simmer on a low heat for a couple of years. When the music is good and tender, throw in a couple of gourmet gigs around the UK and you’re ready to sample the delightful delicacies and aural ambrosia served up by Solstice

'Alimentation' is Solstice's debut album released on Two Rivers Records- album launch on 7th December at the Vortex Jazz Club

 

Reviews

 

10/12/2016 Geoff Winston, LondonLazz

Solstice ooze quality. This British contemporary jazz sextet, with strong involvements in London's E17 jazz collective, played two really tasty sets at the Vortex to launch their new, lightly food-themed album, Alimentation.

Solstice are also a close group of friends who share a love of cooking in an ad hoc dining club, and as the band's style has evolved, some compositions for the group have gathered food-based titles. As a bonus at the Vortex, delicious samples of their culinary skills were also on offer!

It was particularly rewarding to hear how the sextet used the sophisticated melodic and harmonic base of their compositions to expand the material and create all kinds of spaces for individual and group contributions in the live context.

Whist there is a strongly English character to the band's sound, tracking back to the likes of Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor, there is also an airy, upbeat, and at times melancholic, Latin flavour which surfaces. Pianist John Turville has traced this in conversation (link below) to the influence of Brazilian jazz giant Hermeto Pascoal (review), with whom saxophonist Tori Freestone recently performed in a big band opposite his septet.

A deeper, underlying theme of the album is that of loss and, with typically British humour, is hinted at in Turville's Mourning Porridge and Freestone's Avocado Deficit.

Each musician blossomed in this supportive, creative group context. Vocalist Brigitte Beraha has great range and control. She made the complex demands of scat and scripted vocals sound so natural, and elided into raw, abstract vocalese on George Hart's richly charged Solstice while Turville plucked the piano wires. On Dave Manington's sensitive, Latin-tinted re-imagining of Björk's Anchor Song she gave extra sparkle to the lyrics.

Guitarist Jez Franks' use of delay and reverb brought in additional layering to the tonal wash complementing Manington's gem of a solo on the bassist's subtle, new composition Random Acts of Kindness, and Franks' ability to fluently cross the lines of jazz and rock added a dynamic edge.

It was a delight to hear Freestone's liquid tenor and soprano sax soloing - assertive, confidently understated with an absorbing melodic undercurrent - qualities which carried through to her beautiful, expressive flute solo on Manington's Ultimate Big Cheese. Similarly, Turville's graceful piano work had a high-flying authority which just kept on revealing new structural schema. Hart blended in to add rhythmic and tonal layering with great sensitivity, and chose the final number, The Ultimate Four, to let rip in great style right at the knockings.

The essence of Solstice is that adage, '… the sum of the parts …', and it is the way that group stick together, share ideas and bounce them around that brought out the very best of these exceptional musicians on stage.

 

register | login

 

Shopping Basket

basket: 0 items (click to modify)

Total : £0.00

FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE

Once you have chosen your CD you can either buy online using a credit/debit card or pay by cheque if you prefer.
All cards are processed on a secure server with Thawte authentication
We accept Visa, Visa Debit, Mastercard, Switch, Solo, JCB

In a hurry? Hate filling in forms? Worried about the internet? Need help? Call us on 020 7724 2389

 

 

 

 

 

Church Hill FarmBEAUTIFUL HOLIDAY RENTAL IN THE WYE VALLEY
www.churchillfarm.co.uk