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    Tracklist
    Face A
    1.
    Scattershot
    Jeff Williams
    02:00
    2.
    Another Time
    Jeff Williams
    02:00
    3.
    Short Tune
    Jeff Williams
    02:00
    4.
    Chant
    Jeff Williams
    02:00
    Face B
    1.
    She Can't be a Spy
    Jeff Williams
    02:00
    2.
    Ballad of the Weak
    Jeff Williams
    02:00
    3.
    Scrunge / Search Me
    Jeff Williams
    02:00
    Information

    • Artist : Jeff Williams
    • Label : Whirlwind Recordings
    • Format : 1 x 12" (180g)
    • Country : France
    • Genres : Jazz
    • Pressing : 300 Copies
    • Estimated delivery date : September 2019
    Description

    It speaks volumes when the bustling opening track of drummer Jeff Williams’ new piano trio release, Bloom, is revealed as “just us warming up, getting our headphone mix together”! For that’s the remarkable, spontaneous quality which his partnership with pianist Carmen Staaf and double bassist Michael Formanek delivers across ten numbers individually penned by each, plus a Buster Williams interpretation.

    Jeff Williams has worked alongside Stan Getz, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, and John Abercrombie, in addition to leading his own groups for some time; and for the last few years, in the States, he has played in saxophonist Dan Blake’s quartet with pianist Leo Genovese and bassist Dmitry Ishenko. “One time when Leo was unavailable, Carmen stepped in, and I felt a real connection with her playing”, recalls the drummer. “We talked about the idea of a trio, after which I ran into Michael (we first met in the 1970s, gigging together in New York). That was the eureka moment – it bloomed outta nowhere, hence the album title.”

    Including new piano trio arrangements of earlier numbers, Jeff jests that he shares Thelonious Monk’s attitude (when the great piano man was asked why he plays the same tunes all the time) that “I want people to hear them!” The harmonic beauty of ‘Another Time’, for instance – originally recorded with two horns and bass – is enhanced, thanks to Staaf’s invention and the colourful refractions of Williams’ cymbals (including a1950s K Zildjan ride); and the furtive, chromatic, 7/8 propulsion of ‘Scrunge’ segues into impatiently-grooving ‘Search Me’.

    Staaf’s ‘Short Tune’ and ‘New York Landing’ reflect her bright personality – syncopated, picturesque and carefree with, as the drummer enthuses, “a certain quirkiness I like, plus a lot of technique in reserve – and there are few young musicians I know who can play the blues like that.” Williams, too, hails Michael Formanek’s ruminative ‘Ballad of the Weak’: “To me, that’s Strayhorn, Duke Ellington, Mingus – all of that quality”; and fast-swinging ‘A Word Edgewise’ features typically vibrant bass soloing.

    ‘She Can’t Be a Spy’ (a New York Times requote: ‘She can’t be a spy – look what she did with the hydrangeas’) impetuously strains at the leash, with no specific chord changes – “a fun challenge, taking it to the edge of the cliff”; and Buster Williams’ ‘Air Dancing’ (from charts passed to Jeff by the man himself) continues the tender sophistication passed down by the likes of Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Breezy ‘Northwest’ was recorded with Frank Kimbrough some years ago, and Staaf’s gamelan-like ‘Chant’ provides a meditative, droplet-piano, arco-bass conclusion.

    “I grew up listening to many piano trios, especially Ahmad Jamal’s from around 1958–1962 – so that influenced my playing. But there’s no fixed concept, and this was simply a case of ‘Let’s see what we can do with it’. I’ve always played with people who inspire me, enjoying the conversation, going into some depth; and often thinking about the musicians, rather than the instrumentation. So I hope Bloom will allow us to flourish in pursuing this trio further.”

    Whirlwind Recordings
    France

    Whirlwind Recordings is a musician-owned and operated, London-based indie that has released an eclectic catalogue of over 110 albums since its inception in 2010. The label provides a platform for showcasing adventurous & visceral music that spans genres, is rooted in originality and has a key emphasis on the improvised. The artists on the label range from established masters to guiding lights of their generation to undiscovered stars in the making.

    “Whirlwind Recordings gives modern jazz a fresh, new face. The label’s inspired roster of talent bridges genres, instruments and generations—a testament to founder Michael Janisch’s insight into not only where jazz has been, but where it’s headed.”
    Downbeat Magazine

    “Whirlwind Recordings is the new label of the moment, releasing a diverse cross section of excellent music.”
    BBC Radio 2

    “Several of the most enthralling, powerful and entertaining jazz albums of recent years appeared on Whirlwind Recordings.”
    Jazzthetik

    “London’s label of the moment.”
    All About Jazz

    “Janisch’s Whirlwind label personifies the dictum “if you want something done right, do it yourself,” taking care of business and making available some super-fine singular sounds for global consumption.”
    The New York City Jazz Record

    “Whirlwind are quickly making a name for themselves in uncovering some of the hippest new talent.”
    UK Vibe

    “American bassist Michael Janisch’s Whirlwind label is fast becoming a major player.”
    The Guardian

    “One of the major British record labels.”
    Jazz Thing and Blue Rhythm

    “Whirlwind has established itself, in a remarkably short time, as a natural home for music of power and quality.”
    London Jazz News

    “One of Europe’s busiest and most creative independent labels.”
    The Irish Times

    Whirlwind was founded by electric & double bassist, composer, producer and solo artist Michael Janisch