Dave Stapleton – Flight
(Edition Records EDN1032. CD Review by Chris Parker)
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This album, which features Stapleton alongside Scandinavian tenor sensation Marius Neset, UK bassist Dave Kane and drummer Olavi Louhivuori, with the Brodowski String Quartet imparting elegance, controlled power and a wealth of textural variety to the proceedings, is a showcase for his many compositional talents.
In its 75 minutes, it contains everything from bustling, tumultuous free-ish jazz spearheaded by Neset’s scalding tenor and limpid, meditative pieces strongly reminiscent of the work of Tord Gustavsen to lyrical, immediately accessible melodies skilfully interwoven with imaginative string-quartet writing, but whatever the mood or tempo, Stapleton is at the heart of things, his tasteful but robust piano holding the intriguingly varied elements together and ensuring they form a richlysatisfying whole.
An ambitious but intensely rewarding album from a gifted and apparently indefatigably industrious figure.
Interesting CD. Thanks