Hendrix's legacy has been discussed and squabbled over by jazz and rock musicians practically from the day of his death - with each camp claiming him for their own. With this, their debut cd, Acoustic Ladyland gain some valuable ground for the jazz argument.
Not-so-much straight covers but re-workings of Hendrix tunes, tracks include the bluesy Some Other Sky - their take on JH's Up from the Skies; Angel is rearranged as Nagel ; Little Wing is transformed into the 'Coltranesque' Little Miss Wingate and Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) becomes the latin-infused Routinely Denied (No Return). This was apparently re-titled accordingly thanks to the Hendrix estate telling Wareham that all requests to use his material are "routinely denied".
These are thought out & structured compositions, with the melodies merging into the solo sections so that it's not completely apparent where one ends & the other begins. Pete Wareham's saxophone often evokes the spirit of Hendrix with use of feedback-like multiphonics, harmonics, growling & false-fingerings, complemented by the impressive Tom Cawley on piano, bassist Tom Herbert & drummer-of-the-moment Sebastian Rochford (check out Rochford, Herbert & Wareham's other project Polar Bear - where they're also joined by saxophonist Mark Lockheart)
This cd gets better & better with repeated listening, but catch them live if you can to become really "experienced".