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MP3 Chick Lyall ~ with Joakim Milder, Mike Dunning & Tom Bancroft - Broken Poems

Contemporary, intelligent, and deeply felt acoustic European jazz of the highest quality ~ "Lyrical, engaging jazz that stands up to anything ECM have put out of late ~ this unassuming gem of a record" ~ BBC Jazz Review, UK

12 MP3 Songs
JAZZ: Contemporary Jazz, JAZZ: Jazz quartet

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Chick Lyall is a truly world class piano soloist who is here joined by one of the leading figures in contemporary European jazz, the deeply intelligent and creative saxophonist Joakim Milder, to create an album of wonderful, full-on, creativity. This is grown-up jazz at its sensual best featuring exquisitely beautiful folk-tinged compositions, sitting alongside exhilirating group improvisations which develop like soundtracks to unseen movies of great intimacy and drama.

Don''t be put off by the ''i'' or ''c'' words here (ie. improvisation and creativity), it contains a varied mix of reckless swing, a cooler ECM-style beauty, and uninhibited group explorations that never go where the sun don''t shine and often end up finding moments of great tenderness and calm. To give cognoscenti reference points one could mention the Dewey Redman/Paul Motian band led by Keith Jarrett as a point of origin, but that is one source amongst many. This CD is essentially contemporary, intelligent, and deeply felt acoustic European jazz of the highest quality.

BBC Review, UK :

"...lyrical, engaging jazz that stands up to anything ECM have put out of late..."

~ by Peter Marsh, 21 June 2007

Anyone with an interest in UK (and particularly Scottish) jazz will probably have come across the name of Chick Lyall. The pianist has been working within a wide variety of contexts for years, from electro-acoustic free improv (with Green Room) to straighter acoustic jazz settings, and along with many of his fellow players (and the support of the tireless Caber imprint) has demonstrated that jazz is alive and well north of the border.

This album sees him united with Swedish saxophonist Joakim Milder (probably best known for his work with Tomasz Stanko) along with Lyall''s usual rhythm section of Mike Dunning and Tom Bancroft. While it might be tempting to look for some kind of geographical connection between the Swede and the Scots, this record isn''t the collection of desolate, wintry tone poems you might expect.

Lyall has composed seven of the twelve pieces here; the others are group improvisations. The pianist''s blend of impressionism and bluesy flourishes, together with Dunning and Bancroft''s sensitive, empathic swing recalls the recent explorations of Keith Jarrett''s Standards Trio, although Milder''s contributions (together with some of the leader''s writing) suggest the earlier classic Jarrett quartet with Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden and Paul Motian. His blurry tenor is unmistakably European, posessed of a folky lyricism and a hint of the poised, harmonic intelligence of the West Coast School. There''s nothing even vaguely Coltrane-ish about it. His soprano is less distinctive but is often gorgeous, particularly on the aching ''Lilac Suite pt 2'' (if this doesn''t crop up on Jazz record Requests, I''ll eat my beret).

The ''Iliac Suite'' and the appropriately bluesy ''Blue Remembered'' had me reaching for the repeat button; they seem to offer the strongest writing and the best springboards for improvisation. The spontaneously composed pieces aren''t shabby either; "The Manitou" has a structure as well defined as any of the compositions. Dunning and Bancroft''s abilities are particularly in evidence here as they shadow limpid piano and gently probing tenor lines, making for a genuine four way conversation.

''Broken Poems'' is worth an hour of anyone''s time; if you find yourself in need of some lyrical, engaging jazz that stands up to anything ECM have put out of late, you could do far worse than this unassuming gem of a record.

Comments & reaction to this review (from the https://www.tradebit.com website) :

"I think he''s one of our most neglected talents, or at least someone who deserves more airplay and reviews like this. Haven''t heard this one yet, but the clips sound good!" ~ Jim, Cardiff, Wales UK.

"That Chick Lyall is still relatively unknown, is an aberration that should worry any jazz community. He and his cohorts have produced a record of remarkable scope and invention. At once playful, joyful, brooding, thoughtful, and sensual, ''Broken Poems'' is an extraordinary record & deserves your attention." ~ Brian, Carbondale, IL, USA

"Those who record with Tore Brunborg, I''ll give special attention. Wonder what Lyall sounds like 20 years after that recording." (in reference to Chick Lyall & Tore Brunborg''s album - ''Tilting Ground'', 1990) ~ Sand, Norway

"Surely Chick Lyall has now proved himself to be a major player on the British Jazz scene. Stunning." ~ P J Lynch. Newbigging

"Chick Lyall is a rare talent indeed - everyone should make themselves familiar with his music." ~ Colin McFarlane, Cleveland, Ohio

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GREEN ROOM (Chick Lyall~David Garrett) ~ ''TIN MAN''

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