|The Church Closest to the Sea, written for Mr McFall’s Chamber and their bassist Rick Standley. straddles worlds: classical and jazz, composition and improvisation, the works on this disc moving between the lushly sensuous and the coolly laid-back as they meditate on geographical and emotional borderlands. Includes two world premiere recordings.
“Written for Mr McFall’s Chamber following a chance meeting with the Scots ensemble’s fellow bass player, The Church Closest to the Sea favours the subterranean tones of double bass, tam-tam, bass drum, and piano to furnish a brooding sensibility, like a relaxed but furtive stroll along the sea bed.” — The Independent
“The music of Gavin Bryars falls under no category. It is mongrel, full of sensuality and wit, and is deeply moving.” — Michael Ondaatje