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See You There

Artist: Vaughan Hawthorne-Nelson

Date of Release: 01/01/1999

Catalogue no: 005

Label: TML

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

 

1-4-C

8.39

2

 

Suse Je

10.15

3

 

Other Ways of Knowing

12.54

4

 

Thelonology

8.08

5

 

See You There

8.16

6

 

Compassion

7.06

7

 

Devotional Song

9.11

 

 

 

 

Musicians:
Vaughan Hawthorne-Nelson: Alto saxophone
Bheki Mseleku: Piano
Jeremy Brown: Acoustic Bass
Mark Mondesir: Drums

All compositions by Vaughan Hawthorne-Nelson
Produced by Vaughan Hawthorne-Nelson
Recorded: Wessex Studios, London Nov 1998
Engineer: Gerry Kitchingham
Cover Art: Volker Sträter
Design: Vaughan Hawthorne-Nelson

 

Reviews

 

01/11/1999 Mark Brown – The Scotsman

Bheki Mseleku, the brilliant South African pianist and tenor saxophonist, has consistently delivered on the early promise of the superb 1992 album Celebration and is now one of the world’s pre-eminent contemporary jazz artists. Vaughan Hawthorne-Nelson is a rising star of the alto saxophone and has found a musical and spiritual partner in Mseleku. They deserved a bigger than the festival’s programming (four shows on the same night) could provide. Mseleku is renowned for the contemplative element in his music, epitomised by the live solo recording Meditations and his collaboration with Hawthorne-Nelson, has taken him further down that route. Gone are the moments of euphoria enjoyed by Mseleku’s Glasgow Jazz Festival audience at the Tramway in 1993; this was an altogether more understated musical experience. A gentle two-hander, the concert provided us with subtle pieces so deceptively constructed that they seemed almost to be musical ( and spiritual) trains of thought. Whether beginning from classic jazz themes of from Over The Rainbow (yes, the one from The Wizard of Oz!), the tunes disappear off into meditative streams, before returning to their point of departure. Such free play does, of course, run through the jazz tradition like a thread, but Hawthorne-Nelson’s sax playing and his compositions relate so well to Mseleku’s fusion of jazz and classical piano that what emerges sounds like the result of a collaboration between John Coltrane, Duke Ellington and Maurice Ravel. At once purposely discordant and seamlessly complete, these works speak beautifully to the artists’ concentration on emotional engagement with their audience, calling a sort of musical time-out from the modern world.

 

01/10/1999 John Fordham – The Guardian Guide

A rare tour for saxophonist Vaughan Hawthorne-Nelson, who originally hit the British scene of the mid 80’s alongside other dedicated young black British jazz musicians. Like Julian Joseph, Hawthorne-Nelson went to Boston’s Berklee Jazz School, and worked with Branford Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland and other star Americans, and his speciality was an exquisite and almost classical attention to the delicacies of tone. But, unlike his contemporaries, many of Hawthorne-Nelson’s priorities had little to do with the jazz business. Absorbed by spiritual pursuits and meditation, for a while by inner demons, and later by demanding work with disadvantaged youth, the saxophonist released the occasional record through the 90’s, but hardly performed in public at all. He played the South Bank in September, alongside the gifted and eloquent South African pianist Bheki Mseleku, and it was an exhilarating show – with few of the weaknesses of early records. His remarkable sound could suggest a chorister’s voice at one moment, bagpipes on a Scottish lament the next, and he revealed an unexpected enthusiasm for Ornette Colemen’s vocalised sound and loose, freewheeling solo construction. His new CD, See You There, confirms that though Vaughan Hawthorne-Nelson has taken a long time to find himself and his audience, it’s been worth it.

 

01/10/1999 Mike Butler - City Life Manchester

There’s a lot of Trane in the air, 1-4-c, the opener of Vaughan Hawthorne-Nelson’s excellent See You There (TML Records) is a direct tribute. It nicely captures the boisterous tear ‘em up spirit of the John Coltrane Quartet in their prime. The affinity is mostly down to sticksman Mark Mondesir. Like Elvin Jones, Mondesir is a dynamic; a veritable hurricane of polyrhythm. But the leader’s alto-saxophone has a vocalized quality more reminiscent of another household god; Ornette Coleman, or perhaps Arthur Blythe at the peak of his powers. Vaughan Hawthorne-Nelson is a first generation black Briton, and emerged in the mid-80’s alongside Courtney Pine and the jazz Warrior generation. Like his peer Julian Joseph, Hawthorne-Nelson studied at Boston’s Berklee Jazz School, and went on to work with such stellar jazz names as Branford Marsalis and Kenny Kirkland. His playing is distinguished by an introspective and thoughtful edge, which complements his total technical control. Live appearances have recently been at a premium, however, Hawthorne-Nelson’s shunning of the limelight is partly explained by location – he lives in a coastal town in kent and partly by his day-job managing a home for disadvantaged youth. The See You There tour, then, offers a rare chance to discover an outstanding player in a sympathetic setting. What a band! Bheki Mseleku, nominally the co-star of the tour, is a warm and intuitive pianist. Less folksy than his fellow countryman Abdullah Ibrahim, Mseleku dips into the same South African tradition, his musicunderpinned by a celebratory energy. Jeromy Brown is a wonderfully supportive and sensitive bass-player. Drummer Mark Mondesir, as already noted, is a force to behold. This promises to be an inspired gathering. See you there.

 

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