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Dave Stapleton is a singular talent. In less than ten years since graduating in classical piano from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Stapleton has established himself as a musician, composer and label boss and become an important figure on the UK jazz scene.

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  • Audio CD (7 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Edition Records
  • ASIN: B007K57SHQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,560 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Edition Records has rapidly established itself as one of the most vital UK jazz imprints. Co-owner, pianist and composer Dave Stapleton also happens to be one of its most dynamic signings. Working out of Cardiff, he’s paused his regular quintet line-up to initiate what's presumed to be a one-off project.

Possible comparisons between Edition and the revered ECM label become even more marked here, as Flight inducts the Brodowski String Quartet, as well as the Norwegian tenor saxophonist Marius Neset. Right away, this sets up the potential for an evocative soundscape of the type for which ECM has long been renowned. This need not be a disadvantage.

Flight is already the prolific Stapleton’s eighth release as a leader. The inclusion of Neset is astute, given that his Edition debut Golden Xplosion caused such a stir in 2011. The so-called Third Stream genre has been amalgamating spheres of jazz and classical music since the 1950s, and even though such elements have lately become more naturally integrated, their joining still provokes a sense of wariness in both listening camps.

All of the pieces are Stapleton originals, and the session was recorded in Copenhagen, where Neset currently resides. There’s a feeling of suite-like progression as the varied emotional states are layered one on another, an unsurprisingly filmic character. Even though much of the album is inwardly gazing, there are repeated outbreaks of jazz toughness.

Stapleton’s writing for strings suggests an acquaintance with the works of Gavin Bryars and Arvo Pärt. This is principally due to a pervading aura of studied calm, an exquisitely mournful nature. The Brodowskis open alone for two minutes before Stapleton’s quartet joins for Polaroid, imposing a degree of lustiness, once Neset’s feathery tenor introduction has further enhanced the mood. The title-cut is also brief, and devoted to string expression. It’s followed by the introspective Henryk, which curves up to a passionate climax.

Neset is frequently the featured voice, with Stapleton acting as landscaper, and the periodic outbursts of intensity are all the more compelling when surrounded by periods of placidity. Two of the album’s lengthiest pieces conclude, with dignified string-preening evolving towards a strafing flourish. Neset takes a blistering solo, as Dave Kane flays his bass strings brutally and Stapleton delivers emphatically jabbing phrases. Eventually, the strings re-establish a brooding suspension.

--Martin Longley

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Dave Stapleton keeps quietly adding strings to his bow, such as his exciting quintet of fresh faces, his prolific composing, and the creation of a record label (Edition) that has enlisted one of Europe's great young sax discoveries in Marius Neset. Flight is an impressionistic venture for jazz group and strings on which the formidable Neset guests. Stapleton's string-quartet writing doesn't exactly push melodic envelopes here, but it links narratives to a subtle balance of forceful postbop and Jan Garbarek-like folk-jazz. Neset's tenor sax arrives quietly in a slowly cycling strings theme at first, but soon erupts over Dave Kane's assertive bass-playing and exciting Finnish newcomer Olavi Louhivuori's drums. It could have been trimmed a shade, but it's another leap forward for a fast-developing European jazz original. FOUR STARS --The Guardian

Combining the sounds and textures of jazz quartet and string quartet is a tricky business, and there are moments here when the two seem about to come unstuck. At least that's how it felt to me. But these are compensated by the many more moments of absolutely gorgeous togetherness, especially when Dave Stapleton's piano steals among the gentle murmurings of the Brodowski Quartet. Marius Neset's tenor saxophone and Olavi Louhivuori's percussion add a sizable dash of astringency to the mixture which, when it isn't overdone, works beautifully. The long final piece, "North Wind", with its shifting moods and quiet finale, is most impressive of all. --Observer

Jazz projects with strings can be dull and worthy, but pianist Stapleton's writing for both the Brodowski String Quartet and his own jazz quartet, who together form the ensemble for this recording, satisfies on every level. It's a suite of 10 parts with a strong northern-European feel, reinforced by the presence of Norwegian sax star Marius Neset. There's a debt to Gorecki and Arvo Part, and at 74 minutes it goes on a bit, but the pay-off is worthwhile. FIVE STARS --Independent on Sunday

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary James on 29 May 2012
Format: Audio CD
This album was to have been called Polaroid but in the end it was named 'Flight' and I'm really glad that name was chosen because you are going on a journey where the sax ( in particular) soars like the bird on the cover and there is a sense of space in all the tracks. Flight starts with the very sombre, haunting 'Before' played exquisitely by the Brodowski String Quartet. Marius Neset on tenor sax enters quietly on 'Polaroid' then the piano mimics, like a photo coming out of a polaroid camera. The track 'Flight' is slightly menacing and leads straight into 'Henryk Part I' - is this about Gorecki? I detect an air of sadness. There was nothing sad about Marius Neset's album Golden Xplosion so it's interesting to hear the reflective side of Marius on this album. 'Henryk Part II' opens with a lovely piano solo from Dave and ends with a quiet partnership between piano and sax- it cries out for live performance - this track will make you want to weep, it is so tender and gentle.

'Whisper' sounds like waves on the shore, or the quiet breathing of someone sleeping. It's my favourite track because it's delicate but strong. 'Running East' starts with strings again - you could be in the Purcell Room listening to classical music - at last I notice the drums played by Olavi Louhivuori from Finland and the feathery bass played by Dave Kane. Put this track on its own and you are in ECM territory, really Northern, spacious, cool and relaxed. 'North Wind' is the longest track at over 13 minutes and has three movements. You are coming to the end of the journey with a gentle opening movement, this isn't a cold North Wind but a healing one, then the strings judder, swoop and glide enabling the sax to pick up the tempo. Then a last blast of storm from Marius.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adrian P on 27 May 2012
Format: Audio CD
THIS latest offering from jazz pianist and composer Dave Stapleton was always going to be interesting - piano, tenor sax, bass, drums and........ string quartet? How was that going to work?

Well, let's start at..... the end!

After listening through 'Flight', there is a real sense of having been taken on a expansive journey which draws the listener into its various moods, influences and emotions. This is 'widescreen' music, cinematic in its breadth, commanding attention throughout its seventy-plus minutes as it becomes more compelling, more satisfying.

My introduction to Dave Stapleton's music was via his Quintet, with frontmen Jonny Bruce and Ben Waghorn rasping out blistering, fiery hooks on trumpet and saxes. Along with a number of studio albums to their name (Paula Gardiner on bass, Elliott Bennett on drums), the excitement of their live performances really is worth catching.

Norwegian sax wizard Marius Neset wowed us with his Edition debut album, 'Golden Xplosion', gaining critical acclaim for his collaboration with the hard-working Jasper Høiby (double bass), Anton Eger (drums) and Django Bates/Nick Ramm (keys). Here he displays all of that virtuosic sparkle, but also shows a more lyrical and spacious side to his tenor playing, which is likely to attract Garbarek comparisons (no bad thing, considering the success of ECM's elder statesman) - yet he does have his own distinctive sound, whether floating on a cloud or mesmerising us with impossibly tireless, exuberant displays of power.

But this is a different venture...
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By os TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Aug. 2014
Format: Audio CD
When an album as inventive, absorbing and musically diverse as 'Flight' (2012) hits your ears, so too will the realisation that jazz as a living, breathing and challenging art form is still well and truly alive. It has as some observers noted, the verities we usually associate with ECM recordings. Namely a European, almost Nordic sound, a feeling of space and calm interspersed with moments of atonal wildness. The compositions are uniformly interesting and cliché free. The arrangements are designed to allow the players to contribute either as part of the ensemble or as soloists. So that on a track like 'Henryk Part 2' we move seamlessly from a beautifully understated piano introduction to the warmth of the string section before saxophonist Marius Neset joins in with his melodic musings.

Band leader, writer and pianist Dave Stapleton has produced something wonderful here that deserves a very wide audience. It has elements of romantic classical music mixed with the rhythmic pulse and inclination to the exploratory that jazz offers. A highly rewarding disc, accessible yet far from bland, challenging but not self-indulgent, 'Flight' is a beautifully conceived and executed dream. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Finbar the looney on 11 May 2012
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The problem that i have with this CD is that i heard
one track on the radio and bought the album on impulse.
"Before" starts the procedings and is a short classical piece,which leads into "Polaroid" a sax led nine minute romp,which doesn't really go anywhere,until the last few
minutes of the track.
"Flight" is another short piece of haunting music.leading into the two part"Henryk"which at just over 16 minutes is the longest track on the album,and is a very impressive track indeed which brings to mind Bugge Wesseltoft,in his more reflective mood,very nice indeed,nice percussion particularly on the first part,the second part starts in a more meditative mood,which with the ,Brodowski string quartet makes for a more somre atmosphere.lovely playing throughout this track
"Unity" follows next,this starts with a Bass solo,and again developes well within the constraints of a string quartet,relatively short at just under six minutes,this is possibly the most listenable track so far.
"OTS" is next up,it starts quietly and slowly,and has a very rural sound,like windswept moorland in Autumn,and then all hell breaksloose,and chaos rules,and it all becomes rather tuneless until calm is restored.
"Whisper" is the next track,and is another,excursion into peaceful,meditative music and is highly reccomended.
"Running East" is another 10 minute excursion into the crossover world of Jazz and Classical,with massive hints of Garbarek et al in the playing.
"North wind"is a 13minute track,that ends this fascinating and ultimately satisfying album.

RELEASED 2012
EDITION

74.22

DAVE STAPLETON.....PIANO
MARIUS NESET.....TENOR SAXAPHONE
DAVE KAINE.....DOUBLE BASS
OLAVI LAUHIVORI......DOUBLE BASS

BRODOWSKI STRING QUARTET

DAVID BRODOWSKI.....VIOLIN 1
CATRIN WIN MORGAN.....VIOLIN2
FELIX TANNER ......VIOLA
RENOUD FORD .....CELLO
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