Andy Sheppard – Movements In Colour (2009)

Andy Sheppard - Movements In Colour (2009)
Artist: Andy Sheppard
Album: Movements In Colour
Genre: Post-Bop / Crossover Jazz
Label: ECM
Year Of Release: 2009
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue)

1. La Tristesse Du Roi
2. Bing
3. Nave Nave Moe
4. Ballarina
5. May Song
6. We Shall Not Go To Market Today
7. International Blue


With his soft sound, delicate massaging of tonal minutiae, improvisational inventiveness and eclectic tastes, Andy Sheppard has long sounded like an ECM artist. This, however, is his debut for the prestigious German label, and he tours the UK with this sophisticated group of collaborators (bassist Arild Andersen, guitarists Eivind Aarset and John Parricelli, percussionist Kuljit Bhamra) from the end of the month. Sheppard is more frank about his affection for slinky dance grooves (often with Latin or African connections) than most ECM artists and, on a casual encounter, you might find that tracks such as La Tristesse du Roi or Bing can slip into the background. But Sheppard’s improvising style, in which he fits short phrases into grooves and heats them slowly, makes this album bloom on successive listenings. Some tracks are more impressionistic and textural, with tentative sax sketches unfolding over chordal hums or a violin-like guitar-sustain. Ballad themes such as Ballarina and May Song display both Sheppard’s lyrical imagination and the melodic knack of his regular bandleader, Carla Bley. A bit more muscle might not have hurt, but it’s lyrical, playful, accessible – and pure Sheppard.
by John Fordham

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