Monday, June 6, 2016

Sam Crowe - Towards The Centre Of Everything (2013)

Source: The Guardian
Genre: Modern Creative
GAB's Rating: ★★★★☆

On this successor to his 2010 album, Synaesthesia, pianist Sam Crowe has added some New York muscle to his lineup – with Kairos 4tet's Adam Waldmann and Oxford guitarist Will Davies joined on sax by US-resident Brit Will Vinson, genre-crunching downtown drummer Mark Guiliana and bassist Alan Hampton. It's a set of robust originals in which Crowe writes impressively for the sax/guitar voicings that made Synaesthesia stand out, and his tunes are lifted here by the extra firepower. The backbeat-driven title track features Vinson's soulful alto and Davies's shapely reflections; the chiming, floaty Gaia engages Crowe and Hampton in an elegant dance; and Guiliana's hip-hop precision marshals the riff-melody of The Global Brain. Occasionally the plethora of clever sounds seem like a throng of characters in search of stories, but Crowe is a maturing compositional force and his A-list players rise to his challenges.

1. Towards The Centre Of Everything 08:57
2. Gaia 06:39
3. 64 (Interlude) 05:27
4. Back Into The Earth 07:24
5. The Global Brain 09:03
6. Lydia 05:45
7. Bad Science 06:57
8. The Arrow Of Time 07:17
9. Circles 06:41
10.64 Part II (Ending) 06:48

Sam Crowe: Grand Piano/Fender Rhodes
Will Vinson: Alto Saxophone
Adam Waldmann: Soprano Saxophone
Will Davies: Electric Guitar
Alan Hampton: Bass
Mark Guiliana: Drums