Sunny Murray : Drums
John Edwards : Double Bass
Tony Bevan : Soprano, Tenor and Bass Saxophones
Recorded by Rick Campion at ‘The Vortex’, Dalston, London, England on the 1st September 2009.
“Could Sunny Murray’s left foot actually be the engine at the heart of the universe? That’s what it feels like throughout this live set, recorded at the Vortex in North London, as his clashing hi-hat cymbals churn away relentlessly, the outward manifestation of his internal, eternal sense of abstract swing. Throughout the hour-long title improvisation, Murray the free-jazz legend sounds huge in every way: unstoppable, implacable, monumental. Bevan and Edwards provide suitably heavy support, dealing in thick, dark smudges like oil paint applied with a palette knife â€“ particularly when Bevan switches to Bass sax and Edwards sets up one of his trademark drones. But Sunny is the centre of gravity, operating at a n almost impossibly high level of sustained intensity. Even the 12-minute encore â€“ a spontaneous ballad with Bevan noir-ish and mysterious on the bass sax generates more heat than most players manage in a lifetime. All hail Sunny Murray. 4 stars.” – Daniel Spicer, Jazzwise.
released February 1, 2010
Produced by Tony Bevan. Mixed by Tony Bevan, Ashley Wales and Rupert Stevenson. All pieces are free improvisations by Murray (Murrayism Music), Edwards and Bevan (both PRS). C&P Foghorn Records (UK) 2010. Photographs by Cesar Merino: www.cesarmerino.com. Design by Paul Dunn at Diablo: www.diablodesign.co.uk. Thanks to George at The Vortex.
So happy to see a new album from this band. I've long been a fan of Mazurek and Parker's work in Tortoise, on top of the CUQ... Anyhow, if you're curious about contemporary jazz, this is a terrific place to start.
Forgot how good this record was, Schizophrenic Blues while not frantic has a driving urgency... there is bright optimism in Birds of Beaty that is much needed in these darker days. Echoes of Ayler on Fire March perfectly recalls the master and adds some Noah Howard original flourishes... Rev. Gregory Wadleigh