Vi­cis­si­tudes (Rat­tle RAT-0065)

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Few at­tempts to com­bine jazz and clas­si­cal el­e­ments have suc­ceeded, most com­monly be­cause the clas­si­cal di­men­sion re­mains static and sub­servient to the fluid im­pro­vis­ing one. This al­bum shows how much more open and in­te­grated the mix can be. Free im­pro­vi­sa­tions co­habit with the six-part suite of the ti­tle, per­formed by Mike Nock (pi­ano, elec­tric pi­ano, syn­the­sizer), bassist Brett Hirst, and drum­mer James Waples, with the vi­o­lin­ist, cel­list and pi­anist who con­sti­tute NZTrio. At the heart of a suite writ­ten for the peo­ple of Christchurch is an evo­lu­tion from post-apoc­a­lyp­tic eeri­ness to a more lyri­cal, ele­giac and im­pres­sion­is­tic world, and then a sub­tle strength­en­ing that lies some­where be­tween sto­icism and op­ti­mism. All the while the clas­si­cal trio flits and swirls through Nock’s sup­ple band as or­gan­i­cally as leaves fall­ing from a tree.

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