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Album · 2019

Filed under Fusion
By JAMIE SAFT

Tracklist

1. Positive Way 05:06
2. Seven Are Double 05:41
3. Yesternight 08:07
4. 231 Gates 03:12
5. Turn At Every Moment 05:19
6. Hidden Corners 08:10
7. The Anteroom 04:10
8. Landrace 04:56

Line-up/Musicians

Jame Saft: piano;
Dave Liebman: tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute;
Bradley Christopher Jones: acoustic bass;
Hamid Drake: drums

About this release

RareNoiseRecords RNR 109 (UK)

Recorded by Jamie Saft and Brian Gunn at Potterville International Sound, NY

Thanks to snobb for the addition

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snobb
Pianist/keyboardist Jamie Saft is one of more interesting figure connecting New York down town jazz with burgeoning London jazz scene (through collaboration with London-based RareNoise label). His newest all-star quartet's album "Hidden Corners" continues this direction presenting Saft & Co.s touch on such a fashionable in London spiritual jazz.

Album's opener "Positive Way" is possible the best illustration what "Hidden Corners" are all about - soulful composition influenced by "Love Supreme"/Coltrane circa '65 music will obviously attract fans of Pharoah Sanders spiritual jazz re-birth. It is most memorable song coming from the album, what comes after is quite a mixed bag though. Right after very skilled but not same inspired quartet offers freer journey which is quite bulky and directionless.

Rest of the album contains a songs collection of two types - more soulful and spiritual (though a bit faceless) compositions and freer but too formal and emotionless pieces. Music here is well played but has no chances to win in a competition with enthusiastic youngish British bands dominating on London scene. Today's spiritual jazz attracts new listeners mostly because of its fresh, maybe partially naive, atmosphere and re-invented spirit of late 60s. Saft's quartet sounds as a bit bored bunch of pros playing some fashionable tunes on request (or because of contractual obligation). Not a bad music, but it lacking inspiration.

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