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This is a particularly fine album from Trish Clowes.

Very much in the realms of chamber jazz - all the more so for the addition of a string quartet for much of the album - this is an excellent showcase for both Clowes` writing and the aesthetic behind the music; there is a palpable nocturnal element to the venture, a quiet, meditative atmosphere to the album overall. Clowes smokily dark tenor sound is nicely complimented by Chris Montague`s guitar and the sympathetic support of bass, drums and her fellow guest musicians who augment the group.
Clowes has an interesting, sometimes oblique approach to her soloing; an undemonstrative improviser, she rather bucks the trend for post-bop, Coltrane-style expansive melodic lines; she appears to play mainly within the middle register of the instrument with a keen harmonic sensibility; it`s an interesting sound and approach.

Overall, this is an album of thoughtful, intelligent and well-conceived music making, well worth getting acquainted with.
Check out the music samples if they are available to see if it appeals to you.
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on 14 June 2013
I was motivated to write this review by the lukewarm response of the first reviewer. This is one of my favourite jazz releases of 2012. It's a beautiful record. the strongest features for me are the beautiful tone of Trish Clowes' saxophone and the excellent drumming of James Maddren. However, no disrespect to the rest of the band who lend marvellous support for what is an all round good album of contemporary and thoughtful jazz. Go on, support young British talent to make interestingly personal records, and buy this record.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 31 October 2014
Sparkling, playful, serious, infinitely inventive, this is an absolutely brilliant album, to be treasured for many, many listenings. Unusually, her repertoire ranges from easy-listening to progressive. As a bonus, there is a lot of material on this album, offering something for everybody. Highly recommended.
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on 24 August 2013
I heard Trish on Radio 3's New Generation Artists programme, and was very impressed. The cd is fresh and crisp, unusual without being, for an old fuddy-duddy like me, too incomprehensible. I think she'll go far. If you like Jazz, give it a try.
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on 16 April 2013
This could have been released in 1980, it's approach is so very much based around an established and familiar jazz vocabulary. If you accept this aspect, the playing is fine, and when the strings are involved the music becomes more interesting. Overall though, it does seem a little too much the product of too many music lessons and not enough wild and crazy nights.
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on 13 October 2013
Superb album, I will be listening to more of Trish in the future, this is one of the best jazz albums I have purchased this year.
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on 9 July 2014
Bought the CD after seeing Trish live and not disappointed.
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