This seems like a collection of fragments, a piecing together if you will or a recovery from some sort of innate experience of silence that somehow needs expressing in music. Sometimes a shard of melody emerges from the rubble like the lovely Ornette Coleman-like reverie at the beginning of ‘Blue Horizon’ but just as often the incompleteness stands as a statement in its own right Izumi Kimura on piano nudging the movement of the improvisation along arbitrated by the measured sense that Barry Guy on bass instils. The discipline needed by Gerry Hemingway on drums is very different to the usual role of time keeper or rhythm maker, his role is more about colour, a splash of cymbal here or there. Recorded in a Dublin church last year Illuminated Silence turns into a stealthy meditation, the silence interspersed by the sound of the audience, a kind of a lament in places and yet full of hope.  

Cover of Waves of Calm

Listen out for the mellow winning tones of Waves of Calm to be released in March which is new from alto saxophonist/composer Jim Snidero on the Savant label.

Partly a reflection on Snidero’s reflection on his father’s ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease Snidero’s group features Jeremy Pelt (trumpet), Orrin Evans (piano/Fender Rhodes), Nat Reeves (double bass) and Jonathan Barber (drums).

Snidero says: “I find myself editing more and more. I’ve been playing saxophone for a long time, so I could easily play a lot more notes. But I’ve always been so attracted to Miles, and as I get older that way of playing a ballad, where you’re just looking for the right note at the right moment, searching for that one perfect thing — it’s all you need. It’s difficult to accomplish, but it’s so gratifying, the way it sounds, the way it hovers. The more notes you play, the farther away you are from that.”