Aquarium – Places
£10 (+£2 P&P)
James Allsop – Tenor Saxophone & Bass Clarinet, Callum Gourlay – Double Bass, Joshua Blackmore – Drums
In the follow-up to their 2011 acclaimed self-titled debut album, Aquarium again lures us deep into a melodious grove with Places.
Spacious and finely textured, with long single-note runs, delicious solos and rolling rhythms, Places showcases the ensemble sound and deft soloing of these dazzling players, each distinguished in other projects and together as Aquarium since 2008, in the 9 compositions by leader Sam Leak.
Exhibiting a striking melodic sensibility which allows eloquent engagement by each of the musicians, Sam composed the pieces over the last two years around meetings with people, incidents and situations, from a London mugging in Catherine Grove, through Milan to the clamour and beauty of Marrakech. Leak cites a love of the music of Keith Jarrett, Paul Bley, Lee Konitz and the Liberation Music Orchestra for the clarity of its intent.
Reviews / Quotes
“A band full of the great heavyweights we have on the young British jazz scene… a beautiful mixture of extraordinary playing… great grooves and extraordinary improvising. I’m a fan of this band.” (Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2 Show before playing Daybreak)
“This is assured and sophisticated acoustic jazz with deep roots in the tradition, that knows exactly what it’s trying to do – and succeeds.” (Daniel Spicer, BBC Music Review) Read the Full Review
“Funky, folksy, improvisationally edgy and teeming with ideas, it’s another stretch forward for a rising star.” (John Fordam, The Guardian)
“schooled and sure-footed” (Mike Hobart, Financial Times) Read the Full Review
“Aquarium is a super group of sorts” (Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann online) Read the Full Review
“…extremely well-recorded album from a fine young band” (Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz) Read the Full Review