21st Century V-Bop

More new excitement from the world of jazz fusion …

21st Century V-Bop by Mark Anderson (drums), Paul Dunmall (saxophone), Philip Gibbs (guitar), Tony Hymas (keyboards)
Available from Slam Productions
Initially echoes of yesteryear with flavours of Miroslav Vitous’ Mountain in the Clouds and Wayne Shorter’s Super Nova, moving through Tim Berne / Marc Ducret freeform blowouts, and then into Medeski-Martin-Woods-Scofield-grooveland.
The interplay is especially noteworthy, no doubt in part due to three-quarters of the lineup carried over from two previously excellent albums: New Orbits and Infinity Calling. Here now with the addition of Ph.D founder member Hymas (also ex-, Jack Bruce, Stanley Clarke and Jeff Beck) who makes a significant contribution, anchoring the music, and underpinning it with syncopated keyboards and melodic runs throughout, often hinting at a classical training.
A considered, moderated fury. Funky at times. Searching at others. Always tight.

About JFDerry

Writer. Darwin, science & more. 4 books: Piospheres, Darwin in Scotland, Serial Killers. Current project is THE DISSENT OF MAN. Born near London, raised near Primrose Hill and in Lincolnshire, and studied at the Universities of Bangor, York and Edinburgh for degrees in Biochemistry, Bioelectronics and Biological Computation, and a PhD in African Ecology. Mainly working in British and African universities, but also in Spain, Brussels, Mongolia and Australia, to date, publication history is mostly in academic journals, on aspects of computational biology, pastoralism and on Charles Darwin and evolution. However, also written for several national newspapers, various governments, several major record labels and independent book publishers. Fiction has appeared at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and poetry is at the Human Genre Project. Lives in Edinburgh, with partner and their two daughters.
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