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After releasing “Another Sky” in 2014, John Surman returned to the recording studio to confirm that as far as he is concerned, the jazz scene is always moving forward, that it’s not all just a reinterpretation of the past. For over fifty years, this saxophonist has been developing his own creativity in which even the most libertarian explosion rests on gratifying audibility terms. He’s a performer who doesn’t give up on anything nor on any expressive resource, and what he offers us once again is a jazz without the stamp of something that has already been heard. He comes across as quite fierce on his soprano saxophone, and he still gets that so characteristic melancholic and plaintive sound from his baritone sax and bass clarinet.
And as freedom seems to be the thread that runs through his life, he’ll be appearing in this concert to present his recent album “Invisible Threads” as a trio, an instrumental formulation he had not used since “Thimar”, Anouar Brahem’s 1998 album. Nelson Ayres will be on piano, and Rob Waring on vibraphone and marimba. The former of the two has played with Airto Moreira, and the latter usually works with such Scandinavian musicians as Eyof Dale and double bass player Mats Eilertsen. Jazz with a hypnotic cadence. A well understood challenge.
© Anne Valeur
Saxophones and clarinets: John Surman.
Piano: Nelson Ayres.
Vibraphone and marimba: Rob Waring.