‘Step Wide, Step Deep’ – Alexander Hawkins Ensemble

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RELEASED SIMULTANEOUSLY with solo piano offering Song Singular (reviewed here), this absorbing album from the Alexander Hawkins Ensemble stops at nothing to deliver both compositional and free jazz which may challenge, astonish and/or delight. The sextet, led by pianist Alexander Hawkins, comprises Otto Fischer on electric guitar, Shabaka Hutchings on reeds, violinist Dylan Bates, double bassist Neil Charles and, on drums and percussion, Tom Skinner.

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Alexander Hawkins
piano
Otto Fischer electric guitar
Shabaka Hutchings clarinet, bass clarinet
Dylan Bates violin
Neil Charles double bass
Tom Skinner drums, percussion

Babel Label – BDV13124 (2014)

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‘Extended Circle’ – Tord Gustavsen Quartet

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IT’S NOW SOME TEN YEARS since Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen’s ECM debut which began with a trilogy of trio releases (Changing Places, The Ground and Being There). 2009’s Restored, Returned appeared to divide opinion as Gustavsen augmented to an ensemble, with saxophonist Tore Brunberg and Kristin Asbjørnsen’s intriguing vocalisations of W H Auden’s words, which then evolved into the first quartet recording, 2012’s The Well.

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Tord Gustavsen 
piano
Tore Brunborg tenor saxophone
Mats Eilertsen double bass
Jarle Vespestad drums

ECM Records – ECM 376 0239 (2014)