With the release of Statement Of Intent (Edition Records, 2011) everything seemed to be coming together for Kairos 4tet. That abum, the band's second, was critically acclaimed; the band won the 2011 MOBO Award for Best Jazz Act. Then a trapped nerve in bandleader Adam Waldmann's elbow necessitated surgery shortly after the MOBO success and the saxophonist was unable to play for some months.Fortunately, by the sound of his performance here, Waldmann's recovery is complete. Everything We Hold is the sound of a band building on those earlier successes, a beautifully-crafted work that takes the quartet's sound onward and upward.
Reissue with the latest remastering. Features original cover artwork. A really nice mix of modes from keyboardist Jasper Van'T Hof – as some cuts feature the heavy electric modes we know from his MPS recordings of the 70s – but others feature a much more personal approach on acoustic piano! As with other records from the time, Jasper plays a range of keyboards here – from piano to Fender Rhodes to organ – and the group shifts a bit from track to track, depending on the mood – and features Wim Overgaauw on guitar, John Lee on bass, Zbigniew Seifert on violin, and Gerry Brown on drums. Lee and Brown kick in heavily on the jamming cuts, but lay back more on the mellower ones.
Jasper Høiby’s Fellow Creatures features both young and seasoned lights of the London jazz scene. The band is the first new venture for Jasper's own music since his formation of Phronesis in 2005, and as such will be hugely anticipated in jazz circles. The music embodies a strong sense of groove and an optimistic and driving energy, which combines with atmospheric textures and contrapuntal rhythms, leading Jazzwise to describe the band as "masters of evolving energy". Jasper Høiby's Fellow Creatures recorded their first album in January due for release on Edition Records in July 2016.
Tenor saxist Mark Lockheart, a former Loose Tubes member, is a familiar presence from the Polar Bear front line. But though this session reflects some aspects of that quartet's offbeat, lugubrious lyricism and rhythmic ingenuity, In Deep is Lockheart's own show. Gil Evans would have liked the slow theme developments of tracks such as Undercovers and Believe It Or Not, with their intensifying brass voicings rubbing at purring tenor-sax motifs.
Malija comprises in equal measures Mark Lockheart on reeds, pianist Liam Noble and Jasper Høiby on bass. All three are familiar from their busy workload and prolific collaborations. They played together on Lockheart's quintet recording In Deep, but this is their first outing as a trio. Lockheart contributes more tunes than Høiby or Noble, but other than that the trio is very well balanced. The music has an eclectic feel, bringing together several styles and influences, whilst keeping a singular voice. Indeed, the closing track is called In One Voice, a gentle, exploratory walk which allows each of the trio (and the guest violinist) to contribute to the whole.
Green Delay is the hotly anticipated new album (2009) by bassist Jasper Høiby's stunning piano trio, Phronesis. Phronesis made a splash in 2007 with its debut release, Organic Warfare . Now, Green Delay sees Høiby return to mine the same rich seam of plush melodies and seductive grooves, revealing a maturity and emotional depth beyond his 31 years. Although officially the second release by Phronesis, Green Delay was recorded by a brand new line-up with Høiby and drummer Anton Eger, now joined by the dazzling young British pianist Ivo Neame. Together, they create music that will delight fans of Esbjorn Svensson Trio, the Avishai Cohen Trio and Keith Jarrett and the ice cool sound of ECM records.