Echoes of Swing - Travelin´ (CD)

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SKU: ACT9104-2

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Release Date: 02/23/18

A precious mixture of nostalgia, originality, humour and virtuosity.

Most jazz musicians are also travellers, they are always on the go. Echoes of Swing, however, has another dimension as well: This quartet is also on a journey through time, going back to classic jazz from the 20’s to the 50’s, bringing it into the present day and shaping it for the future. This “tour de force” has been going on for 20 years. A reason then to celebrate, which is perhaps best done by retracing the journey, reviving memories of things experienced. We’re off on a thrilling round-the-world musical journey from the moment Chris Hopkins’ “Orient Express” rolls in. The wagons are full of sounds which range from blues to Arabic music, and what’s this? A pirate ship in a storm in Bernd Lhotzky’s “Wrack Der Guten Hoffnung”. Then it’s off to the South Seas, where Chris Hopkin’s “Fiji Hula Bula” creates a relaxed vacationing mood, and then to Sidney Bechet’s “Southern Sunset”, which in this Echoes version transports us to restless, sultry nights; then a fast-paced swinging excursion to Colin Dawson’s English homeland follows in “Gan Hyem”, with Coleman Hawkins’ “Disorder At The Border” as a classic bebop blues to make us forget the Brexit woes. Sometimes we’re on the racetrack in a vintage car (“En Auto”), at other times it can be classic and dramatic, as in “Cabin In The Sky”. And what better way to illustrate flying than with the Italian hit “Volare”, when Lhotzky transforms the tune into a carefree glide, floating on the wings of Harlem Stride. All the arrangements testify to a profound knowledge of the history of music, and there is not a single bar which fails to deliver exquisite taste. Sophisticated, yes, and intellectually thoughtful, but the imperative of old school jazz to entertain is never forgotten. So, it’s all aboard and indeed the best proof yet that travelling does expand one’s horizons. After twenty years on the road, this ensemble has wagon-loads of style, elegance, finesse, improvisation and humour – and has honed all of these to perfection.

Label: Act
Genre: Jazz
Run Time: 54 mins

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