Quite taken, actually very taken, by this, Mattson 2 are a psychedelic jazz duo comprising identical twin brothers Jared and Jonathan Mattson. The guitar-drums ’n’ moody vocals toting outfit have supported GoGo Penguin on tour in the States and Paradise just released is making waves in the US. Uncannily you could be into indie rock, or see yourself as a Yo La Tengo or Coltrane fan (they do their own out-of-the-ballpark take on A Love Supreme live), and get something different out of their raw Hendrix-tinged vitality. Only a matter of time before they play the UK, surely.
Buxton Water have enlisted drummer Moses Boyd for their latest TV ad campaign which hit screens on 3 June, and follows stories of resilience and determination from three up and comers from the worlds of music, sport, and dance: ballerina Georgie Rose-Connolly, rower Josh Bugajski, and Boyd, best known for his band Exodus, duo with Binker Golding and working with singer Zara McFarlane. Check it out.
There is so much to like here, the arranging certainly, the bags of optimism for sure, huge talent, and sheer creativity are there in great abundance. However, I think it is fair to say that Elftet does not all quite hang together as an album, a whole crowd of ideas maybe needing a bit more space and some canny pruning back.
Award winning vibist Jonny Mansfield however manages to inject a little heat into the chamber jazz-like settings and certainly in the way the horns respond (having a guest like Chris Potter on one track does no harm either) lifts the album to new heights.
As proof that Mansfield is a name for the future Elftet certainly succeeds. But I bet his next album will have a good deal more clarity and not be so intent on packing everything including the kitchen sink in. Caveat aside for now: sit back and prepare yourself for a rollercoaster of a listen. SG. Out now. Full personnel: Ella Hohnen-Ford - Vocals & Flute; James Davison - Trumpet & Flugel; Tom Smith - Alto, Tenor Sax & Flute; George Millard - Tenor Sax, Bass Clarinet & Flute; Rory Ingham - Trombone; Dominic Ingham - Violin; Laura Armstrong - Cello; Oliver Mason - Guitar; Jonny Mansfield - Vibraphone & Composition; Will Harris - Double Bass & Electric Bass; Boz Martin-Jones - Drums. Guests; Chris Potter - Tenor Sax (track 2); Gareth Lockrane - Flute (track 4); Kit Downes - Hammond Organ (track 9).
“I feel I have finally carved out something that has taken a step back in the direction of human feeling but is both of the heart and of the machine.” ‘Involution’ is from Beat Infinitum, a new solo path for Neil Cowley, which is to be released in July.
This has the feel and touch of a Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays collaboration back in the day, a world away from the crash bang wallop of heavy groove and instead more a journey into dreamy soundscapes, delicate harmonies, and pastoral imaginings.
There is clear empathy from Foran and McCallum, each finishing the other’s sentences where necessary.
Recorded some five years ago this has been maturing in the vaults for a while. Boosted at strategic points by the drums of John Parker and bass of Sam Vicary above all this is an intimate journey, full of harmonic pleasures, the musicianship has a real quality to it and what is more the compositional flow goes somewhere and the melodies linger long. SG