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It's Morning

Artist: Stephen Grew
Stephen Grew - It's Morning CD
Label: Discus
Regular Price: $17.95
On Sale For: $8.98 
Year: 2005
Format: CD


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"The give and take is palpable but, frisky byplay notwithstanding, they always seem to hold something in reserve, resulting in sturdy, cohesive structures"- Wire

"Scorching free-jazz pushed along by Beck's post Ayler tenor sax. Ridiculously entertaining" - Jazzwise

Winter 2005. Drab dark days. Grew Trio in a studio with an expert and sympathetic recording engineer, intent on doing something different. An evening to set up, a day's work to build up, then the first feel of spring growth and the urge to reproduce. It's morning, time to make things be counted. Fertility, spark, energy, nurturing. Creativity caught: five years' development of the group with its present members. Eight pieces blending persistence and diversity.

Opening with the title track, a compelling tympanic piano-percussion duo, track 2 has almost a theme and variations form with a neurotic bassoon. Muscular grunting as part of track 3 possibly suggests the wish to be off To the woods (track 4 which is contiguous) where some very atmospheric things happen. Tracks 5 and 6 are also joined (bassoon percussion duo which has a hungry feel, linking to interesting cave and little beasties textures. Track 7 is a well sectioned and intense free jazz revel, and track 8 ushers out the session in a lighter playful mood. A fascinating tale all round.

Three quarters of an hour of pretty intense stuff. Enjoy!

Stephen Grew - piano
Mick Beck - tenor saxophone, bassoon, whistles
Philip Marks - percussion
It's morning
Good form and a bit of ankst
Let's go
To the woods
Getting hungry
For stalactites
Midnight revels
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