GRA­HAM COL­LIER

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Musicreviews Shuffle - RAY COMISKEY

The ti­tle of this 2-CD release sug­gests a man pour­ing paint on can­vas, a fair anal­ogy for com­poser-di­rec­tor Gra­ham Col­lier’s ap­proach to jazz. He pro­vides a can­vas – “scores” – within which he in­vites/di­rects the mu­si­cians in his large en­sem­ble to con­trib­ute the per­sonal colours of their in­stru­ments and in­di­vid­ual re­sponses. It’s si­mul­ta­ne­ously con­trolled, col­lab­o­ra­tive and al­most in­fin­itely mu­ta­ble, ex­ist­ing in the mo­ment. The pro­ce­dure is not risk-averse ( The Vonetta Fac­tor here seems too long) but, vin­di­cat­ing his meth­ods, it yields some won­der­ful re­sults with old and new ma­te­rial. Aberdeen An­gus, Eggshell Sum­mer, Third Sim­ple Piece (all pre­fixed An Al­ter­nate), both per­for­mances of the blues Mack­erel Sky, and the var­i­ous Third Colour in­ter­pre­ta­tions are among the most ex­hil­a­rat­ing, sen­sual, beau­ti­ful and dis­turb­ing per­for­mances in this era’s jazz. www.gra­ham­col­lier­mu­sic.com

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