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19/03/2010 John Fordham

Disassembler: What Is

(Jazz Granada)
4 out of 5 stars
John Fordham
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 18 March 2010 22.20 GMT

Disassembler features the compositions of its guitarist/leader Trevor Warren and the distinctive solo voices of trombonist Annie Whitehead and saxophonist Mark Lockheart. Warren's striking themes and rousing arrangements lift it far above the contemporary Euro-jazz throng. The opening Flicker is a typical piece of Warren teasing, with its curling, long-lined horn melody rolling out over drummer Winston Clifford's fast groove. Flicker's melody-resolution sounds as if it should belong to a much shorter tune – so the long postponement of its arrival becomes irresistibly fascinating. Reggaeton is a luxurious repeating-note trombone theme punctuated by lazy slurs, driven by a bumping Caribbean groove, and galvanised by a fine Whitehead solo. Pop 2 recalls the swaggering directness of the old Mike Westbrook band, before it unexpectedly turns into a funk hook for the guitar, with Lockheart's soprano sax wrapping round it, in a manner that hints at Miles Davis's In a Silent Way. Spacey low-end tone-poetry for trombone, tenor sax and inventive bassist Dudley Phillips, and the Crusaders-like jive of Great Leap Forward are other standouts on an unusual set, finely balancing quality composition and improv.


21/11/2009 JJ Garcia

El cuarto estreno de la programación 2009 del Festival de Jazz ha correspondido al disco 'What is' del grupo británico Disassembler, ganadores del concurso anual paralelo a la muestra. Disassembler está liderado por el guitarrista Trevor Warren, que reside en Granada desde hace seis años, y bajo esa marca (que no es la única que usa) se agrupa con varios de los músicos más relevantes de la escena londinense: Dudley Phillips en el contrabajo, Julian Siegel en el saxo, Winston Clifford en la batería y la inquieta trombonista Annie Whitehead quien, al margen de su dilatada carrera personal, se inició en el entorno de los Rolling Stones (Wyman y Wats) y ha tocado con una relación inacabable de artistas entre los que destacan, por contraste, Deep Purple y la Penguin Café Orchestra.
Su trabajo en este grupo fue especialmente aplaudido por el público del teatro Isidoro Máiquez. La música hipnótica y envolvente del cuarteto, con arabescos redundantes y fantasías repetitivas del guitarrista (en la línea del Adrian Belew), sobre ritmos insistentes de un baterista sin piñón de cambios, terminó por envolver a la audiencia, que permaneció pegada a sus butacas por encima de las dos horas que duró el concierto.


21/11/2009 J J Garcia

Ideal Granada, English version (slightly edited)

The fourth concert in the 2009 Granada Festival of Jazz, corresponding with the release of their album ' what is ', featured the British group Disassembler, winners of the annual prize that runs in parallel with the programme.
Disassembler are led by guitarist Trevor Warren, who has lived in Granada for six years, and under this monicker (not the only he uses) he has put together some of the best names in the London Jazz scene: Dudley Phillips on double bass, Julian Siegel on sax, Winston Clifford on drums and the restless trombonist Annie Whitehead who, as well as having a long solo career, has played with The Rolling Stones (Wyman and Watts) and an endless list of distinguished artists, from Deep Purple to the Penguin Cafe Orchestra.
Her work with this group was especially applauded by the public of the Isidoro Maiquez Theatre. The enveloping and hypnotic music of the quintet, with the arabesques and repetitive fantasies of the guitarist ( reminiscent of Adrian Belew), over the insistent but ever changing rhythm of the drummer, ended by completely involving the audience, who remained pinned to their seats throughout the two hour concert.


01/11/2008 Jazzwise magazine

"Fear is the Mother of Violence"

Jazzwise, (Robert Shore), November 2008
Tasty, groove-based musical stew...the underlying vibe is surprisingly gentle and danceable...new drummer Clifford brings a fresh, funky feel...

Jazzwise, (Robert Shore), November 2008
...to the sextet's lyrical workouts, and other new recruits Whitehead and Priseman add fresh colours to the bands sound palette.


01/09/2005 Kenny Mathieson

"..Saxophonist Mark Lockheart and drummer Seb Rochford bring the creativity and energy levels you would expect to Warren's music, but the guitarist himself is by no means overshadowed. His playing is heavily influenced by rock(the Grateful Dead and Carlos Santana came to mind at different points) and ethnic musics, and his compositions and rhythmic grooves which reveal similar influences provide good platforms for improvisation andgroup interaction, while at the same time avoiding the staple forms and routines of a mainstream jazz approach. Loz Speyer adds atmospheric trumpet alongside Lockheart's horns on selected tracks, and Dudley Phillips does his usual impeccable job on bass." Jazzwise Magazine


30/08/2005 Chris May


Trevor Warren | 33 Jazz
By Chris May

A lyrical and gently trippy album in which Trevor Warren, previously best known as leader of the world/jazz band Deva, brings together free improv, groove, and rock with music from India, the Middle East, and Africa. It whispers rather than shouts, and the prominent access-all-genres presence of saxophonist Mark Lockheart and drummer Seb Rochford gives it something of the flavour of Polar Bear in that group's more reflective moments.
Warren took the title Disassembler from Eric Dexler's book on nanotechnology, Engines of Creation. But while this is intimate and mostly delicate music, it certainly isn't minimalist: there is forward movement and linear development aplenty. It is, however, meditative, an oasis of unhurried reflection amongst the noise and clutter which otherwise bombard us.
The most frequently heard soloist is Lockheart, and much of the album features him in dialogue with either Warren, Rochford, or trumpeter Loz Speyer. The template is established on the opening Engines Of Creation, a serpentine, Indian-inspired tune which features Lockheart's quietly explorative tenor, even his multiphonic passages are sotto voce over Rochford's hypnotic toms and a delicate guitar and bass backdrop. Lockheart stays with the tenor for most of the album, switching to bass clarinet for Strange Salute and soprano for Dragon's Breath.
Warren, who wrote all the tunes, concerns himself more with creating background soundscapes than taking solos, the only real guitar solos, cool fusions of jazz, rock, and ragacome on It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time and the relatively upbeat Baby and Nothing To Pay Until....
Disassembler doesn't force itself on you. If you don't make a conscious effort to focus on it, it could pass you by. But there is a quiet profundity about the recording, and if you slow
down, centre yourself, and cut out the world around you for a while, you'll likely find it a refreshing and restorative experience.


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