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Album · 2007

Filed under Nu Jazz
By PORTICO QUARTET

Tracklist

1. News From Verona (4:24)
2. Zavodovski Island (4:22)
3. Knee-Deep in the North Sea (4:52)
4. Too Many Cooks (5:32)
5. Steps in the Wrong Direction (6:09)
6. Monsoon: Top to Bottom (4:14)
7. The Kon Tiki Expedition (4:29)
8. Cittàgazze (4:47)
9. Pompidou (12:02)

Total Time: 50:55

Track 9 contains a hidden track (track 9.2). Track 9.1 lasts for 3:08 before a period of silence.

Line-up/Musicians

Double Bass – Milo Fitzpatrick
Drums, Idiophone [Hang] – Duncan Bellamy
Idiophone [Hang] – Nick Mulvey
Saxophone – Jack Wyllie

About this release

Babel/The Vortex ‎– BVOR2769(UK)

Recorded and mixed at Livingston Studios, London on 7th, 8th, 9th February and 6th, 7th, 8th August 2007

Thanks to snobb for the updates

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'Knee-Deep in the North Sea' is a great nu-jazz debut and might well introduce the 'hang' to some listeners, a percussive instrument that sounds like a highly dynamic steel drum.

Portico Quartet play a relaxed and at times brooding 'nu-jazz' led by Jack Wyllie's sax, which has a mostly melodic function rather than dissonant one.

At times the songs grow quite sombre, especially on a piece like the title track, which sounds a little like a precursor to ideas which will be revisited on 'Clipper' from the band's second album.

There are more frantic moments throughout, where the rhythm section really get to thump along for a bit, but these moments are used sparingly, such as during the latter parts of 'Zavodovski Island.'

I really enjoy this album, though their follow-up 'Isla' is my pick from the Portico discography.

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