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Portico Quartet - Knee-Deep In The North Sea (2007)

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Portico Quartet - Knee-Deep In The North Sea (2007)

Artist: Portico Quartet
Title Of Album: Knee-Deep In The North Sea
Year Of Release: 5 Nov 2007
Label: Babel Label Limited
Genre: Jazz
Quality: FLAC (Image+.cue)
Bitrate: Lossless
Total Size: 256 Mb

Portico Quartet - Knee-Deep In The North Sea (2007)
1. News From Verona
2. Zavodovski Island
3. Knee-Deep In The North Sea
4. Too Many Cooks
5. Steps In The Wrong Direction
6. Monsoon - Top To Bottom
7. The Kon Tiki Expedition
8. Cittàgazze
9. Pompidou

This year's jazz nomination for the Mercury Music Prize, Knee-Deep in the North Sea deserved all the praise thrown its way. From veterans it would have impressed, but coming from a group of young men making their debut, it's simply outstanding. Jack Wyllie's saxophone is distinctive enough, especially the soprano, ranging from the wistful to the dissonant. But the ear is repeatedly drawn to some unusual tones, sometimes harp-like, sometimes closer to a bell, that make up the tinkling arpeggios of the title track and the percussive strikes on "Steps in the Wrong Direction". These are produced on a modern percussion instrument called a Hang (the Quartet does not include a pianist), perhaps best compared to a tuned steel drum and invented in 2000 by a couple from Berne in Switzerland. ("Hang" is the local dialect word for "hand", the appendage used to play the thing). Drummer Duncan Bellamy came across one for sale at a festival and it soon became an integral part of the Quartet's sound. In the hands of Nick Mulvey it adds a subtle exoticism to pieces like "The Kon Tiki Expedition" and the forceful "(Something's Going Down On) Zavodovski Island". "Cittagazze" and "Pompidou" are more formal, showing an obvious classical influence. Tough jazzbos they aren't--this is undeniably a gentle and often cerebral record in a European tradition--but the Portico Quartet are skilled and imaginative beyond their years. --Steve Jelbert

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starshina   User offline   16 March 2012 03:11

Архив поврежден.

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