Arnie Somogyi’s Ambulance – Accident And Insurgency (2007)
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 55:21 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 3,16 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,04 GB
Features Stereo & Multichannel Surround Sound | Linn Records # AKD 306 | Genre: Jazz
Nominated as ‘Album of the Year’ in the 2008 BBC Jazz Awards, and as ‘Best Ensemble’ in the UK Parliamentary Jazz Awards, this debut album from Arnie Somogyi’s Ambulance immediately caught the jazz world’s attention. The album features five of the UK’s most exciting young jazz musicians, in collaboration with U.S. jazz legend, trumpeter Eddie Henderson. The majority of ‘Accident and Insurgency’ was completed during one four-hour live session thus capturing the essence and live energy of the band. Tracks combine traditional jazz instruments and improvisation as well as modern electronic techniques and soundscapes of local noises creating a new innovative sound.
Classy UK bassist Somogyi’s Ambulance quintet is currently touring with the gleaming sound of the American former Herbie Hancock trumpeter Eddie Henderson in its front line. But the repertoire on this CD comes from a series of workshop improvisations supported by Aldeburgh’s Snape Maltings in 2006. The area’s flatlands and seascapes are strongly evoked by the tidal cymbal washes, occasional birdsong electronics, and trickling piano atmospherics (pianist Tim Lapthorn and tenor saxist Paul Booth both establish a strong presence), but there’s also plenty of forceful jazz grooving, with Henderson’s sound keeping its lustre and poise over the band’s trickiest time-signature challenges. Herbie Hancock’s 1970s Mwandishi sextet exerts a subtle influence on the tone colours (Henderson played in it, and Somogyi loves it), and the drifting Tumbledown brings out the trumpeter’s Miles Davis-like muted tenderness. The slow-Latin Solace and the shimmery Ellingtonesque Adrift tread water a little, but for the most part it’s elegant writing hitched to imaginative improvising.
01. Walking Wounded
02. Mick the Fish
03. Captain Courageous
05. Lobster Pot 999
06. Don’t Improvise
10. Sirenity (aka deaf on arrival)
Arnie Somogyi – double bass
Eddie Henderson – trumpet, flugelhorn
Paul Booth – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, bass clarinet
Tim Lapthorn – piano, fender rhodes, melodica
Dave Smith – drums
Rob Townsend – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, alto flute
Mick Lawson – vocals
Produced by Arnie Somogyi. Engineered by Paul Madden.
Recorded at Intimate Studios London, on May 9 & September 6, 2007.
Edited By Rob Townsend at Mutant Studios, Watford.
Mixed and Mastered by Andrew Tulloch at The Blue Studio, London.