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Transience

Artist: Geoff Eales

Date of Release: 01/04/2016

Catalogue no: 2319

Label: Fuzzy Moon

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

 

Sleep Eternal

7.32

2

 

Life Dance

4.48

3

 

Atonement

6.04

4

 

Translucence

5.45

5

 

We Must All Change

5.59

6

 

Quirk Of Fate

5.17

7

 

Gently Into The Night

4.47

8

 

The Dark Glass

2.14

9

 

If Only…

4.08

10

 

Nocturne

2.58

11

 

Remembering Kenny

9.29

12

 

Celestial Vision

5.41

 

 

 

 

Appearances by

Brigitte Beraha, Chris Laurence, Martin France

Geoff Eales - piano
Brigitte Beraha - voice
Noel Langley - trumpet/flugel horn
Chris Laurence - double bass
Martin France - drums

“Recorded seven months after my mother’s passing, my intense sense of loss has very much informed the emotional landscape of the music. Losing a loved-one makes one realise just how precious, fragile and transient life is. Furthermore, in the last year or so we have lost so many musical luminaries, none more brilliant than those two beacons of infinite light – Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor. This has brought the sentiments of this album into even greater focus for me” – Geoff Eales

For this project Eales invited Laurence and France to be his rhythm section partners for the second time. It was this collaboration that proved so successful on their 2009 CD “Master of the Game” on Edition Records.

Where this differs from all Eales’ previous albums is the inclusion of a voice in the line-up. Beraha was carefully selected for her exceptional skill as both a wordless improviser and a wonderful interpreter of lyrics. Like Norma Winstone, she has the knack of using her voice like an instrument that blends perfectly within the ensemble rather than dominating it. Indeed, the melding of Beraha’s voice with Langley’s flugelhorn is one of the defining features of the album.

Trumpet virtuoso Langley has never disguised his love for the legend that is Kenny Wheeler. This becomes abundantly clear when you listen to his remarkable performance on “Remembering Kenny”. However, Langley pays his respects in his own way and should not be seen as an attempt to copy Wheeler.

Geoff Eales’ life in music has been incredibly rich and varied. After being awarded a Ph.D in music in 1980,
Eales turned his back on academia in order to pursue a career as a London studio musician. However, as the new Millennium approached, he felt an inner need to return to the music that inspired him in his youth – jazz.

 

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