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  • Audio CD (10 Mar. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cam Jazz
  • ASIN: B00HVO673C
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,931 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. TrialityDave Holland|John Taylor|Julian Arguelles|Martin France 8:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
  2. Lardy DardyDave Holland|John Taylor|Julian Arguelles|Martin France 7:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
  3. CircularityDave Holland|John Taylor|Julian Arguelles|Martin France 7:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
  4. A Simple QuestionDave Holland|John Taylor|Julian Arguelles|Martin France 6:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
  5. Unopened LetterDave Holland|John Taylor|Julian Arguelles|Martin France 7:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
  6. Wilderness LaneDave Holland|John Taylor|Julian Arguelles|Martin France 5:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
  7. Another EscapadeDave Holland|John Taylor|Julian Arguelles|Martin France 9:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
  8. A Lifelong MomentDave Holland|John Taylor|Julian Arguelles|Martin France 8:15£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Another star in the British jazz world has joined CAM JAZZ. After his contributions to John Taylor s and Kenny Wheeler s recordings, Circularity is Julian Argüelles s debut album with this label. Eight original pieces, all bearing the leader s signature and performed with a tried and true quartet: Argüelles on tenor and soprano sax, Dave Holland on double bass, Martin France on drums and John Taylor on piano. Argüelles first achieved fame as a member of maverick big band Loose Tubes (who have reformed this year to release a new album). His artistic path is that of a musician who has kept moving forward, looking for new expressive forms as well as sonic and textural shades for his tunes. He has been playing live for nigh on thirty years (although still aged under 50) and released his first record as a leader in 1991. This continual growth and development have made him a musician who is never predictable but, nevertheless, clearly recognizable. In the opening track, Triality , he launches into a long solo that demonstrates his great improvisational verve. In contrast Circularity is driven by a groove revealing the strong group dynamic in his writing and within the quartet. This is, after all, the same combo (without Dave Holland) that recorded Phaedrus in 1991, revealing perhaps another kind of circularity in Argüelles work. This is an excellent album to celebrate a new artist joining the CAM JAZZ team.

Review

This is world-standard small-band postbop. --John Fordham, The Guardian

Oh what joy!...One of the albums of the year, to be sure. --thejazzbreakfast

From his beginnings with the influential Loose Tubes, through his collaborations with innovators from both sides of Atlantic, to his own searching solo projects, UK saxophonist Julian Arguelles has always spoken with a unique voice. It s not so much the big, open sound or the joyous melodic invention, though he has both in spades. It s the honesty that underpins it all that really sets him apart when Arguelles says something, you believe it, and that is the rarest of musical gifts. On his debut for busy Italian label CamJazz, Arguelles is joined by the cream of UK jazz: pianist John Taylor and drummer Martin France, old associates both. And on bass is the great Dave Holland, whose presence is a swinging endorsement of the leader, his music and his generous, open-hearted playing. 4 STARS --The Irish Times

There s plenty of variety. The bustling mood of the opener gives way to the gently lilting Lardy Dardy, a flowing romantic melody inspiring expansive and lyrical solos all round. The urgent rising and falling phrases of the title track, Circularity, dissolve into episodes that give plenty of space for the band to interact and play off each other. Wilderness Road and A Lifelong Moment are ballads to swoon over, whilst Unopened Letter s theme and rhythms hint at the Iberian peninsular. A band comprising players who are themselves significant artists in the development of this music is not itself a guarantor of great music, but this recording doesn t disappoint. It would be hard to overstate the electricity and groove that the combination of Dave Holland and Martin France bring at whatever tempo and John Taylor s distinctive touch, elastic phrasing and sublime manipulation of harmony and melody on the fly have rich resources to exploit in these beautifully balanced compositions. This is jazz from the top drawer. Click play, sit back and prepare to be transported. --London Jazz news

From his beginnings with the influential Loose Tubes, through his collaborations with innovators from both sides of Atlantic, to his own searching solo projects, UK saxophonist Julian Arguelles has always spoken with a unique voice. It s not so much the big, open sound or the joyous melodic invention, though he has both in spades. It s the honesty that underpins it all that really sets him apart when Arguelles says something, you believe it, and that is the rarest of musical gifts. On his debut for busy Italian label CamJazz, Arguelles is joined by the cream of UK jazz: pianist John Taylor and drummer Martin France, old associates both. And on bass is the great Dave Holland, whose presence is a swinging endorsement of the leader, his music and his generous, open-hearted playing. 4 STARS --The Irish Times

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By os TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Dec. 2014
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Though this superbly recorded and very engaging and occasionally quirky album identifies Julian Arguelles as the leader and sole tune-smith it is really a team effort. With pianist John Taylor (hear him to great effect on 'Lardy Dardy') and the wonderfully sympathetic Dave Holland and Martin France on bass and drums respectively Julian has the ideal companions for his warm, broad sounding and wholly individual horn work. From beginning to end the listener will get to hear plenty of assured adventurous playing, along with eight tracks well-crafted music that qualify as being real 'tunes' not just vamps for extended improvisation. This is jazz that manages to be adventurous as well as accessible even to those for who the word modern jazz conjures up all sorts of imagined horrors.

Top tracks? The beautiful 'A Simple Question' .a meditative mysterious piece that combines piano and sax beautifully. Also worthy of mention is the jaunty 'Another Escapade' and the Middle Eastern sounding 'Unopened Letter'. Highly recommended.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ed on 27 Sept. 2014
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Really great record. Dave Holland, Martin France, and John Taylor.. What is not to like?
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MDF on 3 July 2014
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Fabulous! As are all things Arguelles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Stellar British quartet 25 Aug. 2014
By inner exile - Published on Amazon.com
delivering lively or intimate modern postbop renditions of the saxophonist bandleader's fine originals. The fact that Julian Argüelles is a real master of his instruments comes through immediately: the wholesome, warm tenor tone and subtle phrasing is a joy to listen to (#1, 3, 7-8), while his soprano play (#2, 4-6) vaguely reminds me of fellow Brit John Surman.
My favourite part is the second half (#5-8): 'unopened letter' kicks off with a Balkanic or Near Eastern motif being Europeanized through harmonies, leading into John Taylor's dynamic piano solo and Argüelles' soprano meandering; 'wilderness lane' is a dreamy pastoral w/ soulful soprano melody and brief yet expressive segments for bucolic piano and Dave Holland's introspective solo on upright bass. Compact drum intro ushers in the longest track (9.47 min.), the upbeat 'another escapade' w/ a touch of Chris Potter type of americana, which features sweeping piano, awesome tenor sax and highly rhythmical double bass exploration. Worth to note not only here but throughout the entire record Martin France's powerful and varied beats or delicate strokes on drums and cymbals - I especially like the way his drum heads are tuned somewhat akin to those of J. DeJohnette's. The concluding track called 'a lifelong moment' is a romantic, hymn-like piece having - among others - a wondering, rhapsodic piano improv from Taylor.

The first half (#1-4) starts off w/ the boisterous theme of 'triality' quickly giving way to agile tenor sax, no less prominent acoustic bass and some drum embellishment towards the end. Sparse piano reverie segues into a gentle melody reminiscent of Kenny Wheeler on 'lardy dardy', offering yet another of Holland's precisional bass solos, classically inflected piano and yearning soprano sax. The jubilant, driving title track 'circularity' is interesting in terms of its shifting accents: a brief tenor sax - ferocious drum dialogue is followed by avantgarde dissection, balladistic bridge and heavy modernism for the best part of the song, before the band replays the head. We have minimalist piano vamp preceding unaccompanied soprano sax on #4 'a simple question', a tune that invokes perhaps a certain mythological/folkish aura as well as detached, modern aesthetics. Total time: 62.31 min.
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