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4.0 out of 5 stars Post-Independency Peace, 29 Jan. 2014
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Matching the magnificence of the four part suite “Independency” which forms the heart of “Live At Belleville” was, with hindsight, an almost impossible ask but, with “Mira”, Arild Andersen, Tommy Smith and Paolo Vinaccia have created a more intimate but yet still muscular offering which sustains interest over its hour despite the lack of any harmonic instrument.

Welcome tonal variety is provided by the two tracks featuring shakuhachi flute, namely “Raijin” and “Kangiten”which live up to their names as the Japanese gods of lightening and bliss (the former features some thunderous percussion from Vinaccia) . The highlight is perhaps the title track, a creation of pure beauty with Andersen’s most melodic bassline and Smith’s sax providing wonderful foils to one another while “Stevtone” is a sympathetic closing number, its delicate if elusive tone suggesting both resolution and anticipation to this excellent trio’s next moves.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ballads for the End Times, 8 Nov. 2014
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This is the kind of jazz album typically described as "uncompromising." It's a set of gnomic ballads showcasing Tommy Smith's big, abrasive tone on tenor, his strident, oboe-like soprano playing, and his idiomatic shakuhachi (Japanese wooden flute) work, the last-named in one of the album's finest pieces, "Raijin," a stately duet with Paolo Vinaccia's floor toms, sweetened with Andersen's near-subliminal electronics.

There's a hint of "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" in the opening tune, "Bygone," and its spare, inward gaze sets the tone for the album, the midtempo pieces "Eight and More," "Rossetti," and "Blussy" notwithstanding. What we get, then, is a ballad album that's too harsh for background music and too spare for lovers of high energy jazz to wallow in. It's music that insists, none too gently, on your undivided attention, and comes very close to being worthy of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 28 April 2015
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 Jan. 2015
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