Alexander Hawkins Ensemble – All There, Ever Out
Hawkins is emerging as a strong voice in the jazz
avant-garde world. Most intriguingly, as Hawkins’ sound has developed,
it has become more accessible as it also grows more confident. A lovely
example of this is third track “Owl (Friendly),” a melodic piece of
dissonance that follows two freer pieces, and which seems perfectly in
place in the flow of the album. Another great example is “Ahab,” which
begins as a simmering buzz but explodes into a rollicking tavern song
able to match the customers drink for drink. Challenging, yes, but an
album that seems willing and content to meet the listener halfway.
Your album personnel: Alexander Hawkins (piano), Otto
Fischer (electric guitar), Hannah Marshall
(cello), Dominic Lash (double bass), Javier
Carmona (drums, percussion) and Orphy Robinson
Released on the Babel
Label. Jazz from the UK.