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Everything We Hold

Kairos 4tet
9 Jun. 2013 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 9 Jun. 2013
  • Release Date: 9 Jun. 2013
  • Label: Naim Jazz
  • Copyright: (c) 2013 Naim Audio Ltd. Under exclusive license from Kairos 4tet.
  • Total Length: 52:59
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  • ASIN: B00CNCJBO4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,985 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bruce TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Jun. 2013
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Given that half of this quartet, in pianist Ivo Neame and bassist Jasper Hoiby, make up Phronesis - you would think this might sound like that group or their work with Marius Neset. But this band is lead by Sax player Adam Waldeman, who stamps his impression on every track - although this is not with blazing sax solos - but rather with his subtle compositions and arrangements (helped by Jules Buckley).

This album intertwines 3 threads. So there are 4 songs with guest vocalists. Marc O' Reilly is in the mould of John Martyn, while Omar is his distinctive self and Emilia Martensson contributes high, ethereal vocals. These alternate with instrumentals written for the members of the band - where they are featured and the tune somehow evokes their personalities. The first track is for drummer Jon Scott, while "J-Ho from the Block" is for bassist Hoiby and "Finding Neamo" clearly refers to pianist, Ivo Neame. "Reunion" is all the musicians coming together.

There is also a third strand, which is "The 99" which appears in 4 parts and is a reference to the Occupy movement and the idea that 1% of the population own 99% of the wealth and that the rest of us : "The 99" suffer from the mistakes of a small minority. However - nothing in the music is overtly political and there is no attempt at promoting any such idea through the lyrics in any of the songs, which are very personal.

So we have a mixture of nicely-arranged Jazz instrumentals, which are melodic with some elements of free improvisation and group interaction. These are some of the best players on the UK scene and the standard is very high. But what makes this album stand out are the arrangements - all acoustic instruments - and the use of songs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Ensor on 1 Jan. 2014
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This is a very good album. Every bit as good as the first with a nice balance of instrumental and vocal.
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SURELY the greatest crime for any creative musician is to stand still - to churn out more of the same, ad infinitum (which, it has to be said, some recording artists are content in doing)...

But not so, in the case of venturous sax player Adam Waldmann's `Kairos 4tet'. Since their highly promising 2009 debut, `Kairos Moment' and sparkling 2011 follow-up, `Statement of Intent', they have continued to push jazz frontiers to successfully forge a distinctive, progressive path for themselves.

With their third album, `Everything We Hold', Waldmann, as composer and player, again surrounds himself with his fellow luminaries from a buoyant contemporary jazz scene: Ivo Neame, one of the UK's finest pianists; the idiosyncratic, much-in-demand talent of Jasper Høiby on bass; and sparky, intuitive drummer Jon Scott. In addition, for this, their first release on Naim Jazz (Naim Label), the quartet has sensitively augmented their number with rich contributions from guest musicians and singers.

Bravely, yet so effectively, Adam Waldmann has chosen to expand on the idea of previous recordings by featuring a number of songs which widen out their jazz-rooted genre into a more soulful sound. Throughout this 53-minute excursion, as well as providing a change of pace from a clutch of exciting, new, characteristic Kairos instrumentals, this songwriting is of an exceptionally high standard, often leaning towards folksong. Waldmann suggests that melodies are "gifts that people can put in their pocket and carry around with them" - and these are indeed strong, memorable combinations of tunes and lyrics (words penned by actor acquaintance, Rupert Friend) which become just that: beautiful, emotive and warm keepsakes.
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By L S. on 16 Nov. 2014
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great album
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kairos Records on 22 July 2013
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"Spellbinding instrumentals that blend high-calibre jazz improvisation with accessible melodies...a scintillating new opus" MOJO ****

"Bursting with dreamy, hummable melodic themes... this is easily Waldmann's best to date...hangs together beautifully in the way albums were always meant to" Jazzwise ****

"Waldmann's sensitivity to jazz dynamics and potential for improv remains sharp, as is his own sax-playing...Jules Buckley adds rich strings arrangements...very accomplished" **** THE GUARDIAN

" "the greatness of the album lies in how its varied elements come together so convincingly" **** THE TIMES

"Musically complex but melodically irresistible, the album is a winner from first to last...Waldmann plays with such lyrical expressiveness it's easy to forget he's not a vocalist too" (UK Metro)

A `beguiling mix of soulful jazz-folk songs and kinetic modern jazz' Jazzwise

"probably the best release I've heard this year...sublime" Culture Capital, Catherine Marks

"a clever and sensitive record" The Independent, ****

"..a deft, clever and engaging piece of work...channeling the spirits of Wayne Shorter, Nick Drake and Astor Piazolla into a compelling, haunting hybrid... moment(s) of exquisite beauty, a rather special piece of tightrope walking from Waldmann" Music OMH ****

"Kairos have created an album that seems set to increase their across the board appeal but without in any way compromising their artistic or political integrity. It's a pretty impressive feat and one that seems guaranteed to ensure that their star will continue to rise.
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