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Artist: Ben Crosland

Date of Release: 15/03/2006

Catalogue no: 1130

Label: Jazzcat JCCD 110

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

 

Miles' Delight

4.46

2

 

Marshall Lore

6.56

3

 

With Heather in mind

6.40

4

 

The Road Ahead

5.25

5

 

Faultline

5.58

6

 

Minor Alterations

6.28

7

 

Across the Land

6.26

8

 

Warm One

4.56

9

 

Spring in Somerville

6.47

10

 

Jasmine

5.49

11

 

A Backward Glance

6.24

12

 

Snowbound

5.44

 

 

 

 

Crosland formed the trio in 2004 with Waterman and Lodder, two long term associates, in order to explore the subtle and open possibilities of a group without drums. The interplay between the players creates a natural intensity combined with an acute sensitivity to dynamics. The variety of the original compositions, contributed by all the group members, and the different tone colours created by the instruments ensure a satisfying and well rounded performance.

 

Reviews

 

01/07/2006 Keith Ames, Musician

Ben Crosland (bass), Steve Waterman (trumpet/flugelhorn) and Steve Lodder (piano) make up Threeway, an exemplary jazz trio. Cracking instrumentals without percussion allow extra aural space for players’ tonal invention and musical flair to come shining through. Superb.

 

01/05/2006 Pete Martin, Jazz UK

Threeway is the indefatigable bassist Ben Crosland’s latest project, bringing him together once more with trumpeter Steve Waterman and Steve Lodder on keyboards. And an excellent trio they make too. As this CD shows, the players pull off the difficult trick of balancing relaxation and intensity – such a vital ingredient of successful small- group jazz. So Waterman unleashes one of his most powerful solos on Crosland’s ‘The Road Ahead’, without disturbing the basically pensive mood, while Steve Lodder’s solos are similarly fluent and full of ideas, yet slotting right into the groove. Most of the tracks are by Crosland, with one each from Waterman and Lodder – the effect is of a real conversation between three outstanding players.

 

28/04/2006 Andrew Vine, Yorkshire Post

This fine trio is the brainchild of Huddersfield bassist Ben Crosland, who, in the company of familiar cohorts Steve Waterman and Steve Lodder, delivers some thoughtful and attractive jazz. Crosland wrote most of the tracks, and their performance is appropriately conversational, with the lead being swapped between Waterman on either trumpet or flugelhorn, and Lodder on keyboards. ‘Minor Alterations’, ‘Spring in Somerville’ and ‘The Road Ahead’ are particularly good. Worth checking out.

 

20/04/2006 Peter Bevan, The Northern Echo

Three of our finest musicians, Steve Waterman on trumpet and flugelhorn, Steve Lodder on piano and Ben Crosland on bass, perform an attractive programme written mostly by Ben. The title aptly describes the convivial situation with sometimes one holding the floor, passing on to another, then back. All three are on particularly good form.

 

19/03/2006 Dave Gelly, The Observer

The term 'chamber jazz' has a slightly frosty ring to it, but the small-scale music of this excellent little band is as warm and inviting as any jazz lover could wish. The absence of drums gives it intimacy, and the relaxed pace lends a feeling of expansiveness and ease. The three players are Steve Waterman (trumpet and flugelhorn), Steve Lodder (piano and keyboards) and bassist Ben Crosland, who also writes most of their material. It would be hard to find a more well-matched trio. The interplay among them is unfailingly ingenious without descending into needless complexity.

 

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