(BCCD Records BCCD 2013)
The trumpeter and the bassist met while playing in the band Us3, with whom they have toured all over the US and Asia. On a brief break back in Britain they tried writing and recording a couple of tunes together. That was the start of this album, which, despite featuring just the two musicians, has a big and broad sound.
Not only does Corbett multi-layer his brass and woodwind (he plays some flute), but Dodd plays drums and keyboards as well.
As you would expect with the Us3 background and Corbett’s previous work, there is a strong groove to the material.
Try The Journeyman. It begins with atmospheric sonic noise and low rumblings before massed trumpets lay down the simple riff and the elements begin to build into a stacked interaction, with Dodd adding McCoy Tynerish piano before the piece segues neatly into a hard-swinging muted trumpet solo.
Many of the tracks manage the nifty trick of combining classic jazz playing with catchy melodies set against beats which swing in a very funky fashion. With its pacy rhythm and its Hammond cushion underneath the trumpet, Happy is everything that word suggests. It would get you to work in great frame of mind. Funk 75 has a marvellous retro feel with lots of synth sounds to echo the 1970s output of musicians like Herbie Hancock. Frank is a brief, beautifully articulated, Spanish-tinged ballad, while the title track has all manner of ambient atmospherics setting the sonic scene before the final Prayer, which is suitably calm and reflective.
Bryan and Chris are about to tour this music with assistance from Sean Hargreaves on keyboards and Mark Fletcher on drums, and support from Jazz Services. They begin at the Jazzlines Free Jazz session in the Symphony Hall Cafe Bar on Friday at 5pm.
And if you can’t make that one, they are at The Chapel, No1 Shakespeare St, Stratford-Upon-Avon on 12 February, courtesy of Stratford Jazz, at The Bonded Warehouse in Stourbridge on 14 February, and The Jam House, Jewellery Quarter, on 18 February.
Plenty of chances there to get a signed copy of the album, I reckon.
Other dates include Polish Jazz Cafe (POSK), London (18 Jan), Fleece Jazz, Colchester (7 Feb), The Woodman, Highgate, London (11 Feb), Watermill Jazz, Dorking (13 Feb) and the 606 Club, London (20 Feb).
More info here.
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