a lovely review from the Czech Republic. Google translate version below!
“A prominent figure in the progressive London scene is the saxophonist, bass clarinetist, flutist and composer Tamar Osborn, who also performs under the stage name Tamar Collocutor. A COLLOCUTOR is named also her ensemble, whom 21.2. The third album has been released on London’s On The Corner Records. Zove is typically “Continuation”; The six-headed band continues with the exciting mix of electric jazz a’la Miles Davis, modal jazz, minimalism, Indian classical music and Ethiopian jazz. As a result, with a considerable spiritual and afro-futuristic charge…
The six musicians collaborate truly exemplary, congenial. However, these are highly creative types of instrumentalists without borders, both in the transferred and real meaning of the word. Tamar Osborn (baritone, bass clarinet, flute), the author of all the repertoire of Collocutor, has worked with world-music and jazz such as Baaba Maal, Rokia Traore, Bassekou Kouyate, Tony Allen, Jessica Lauren and Sarathy Korwar. By the way, she performed in the trio of the latter drummer of Indian origin at the Jazzinec Trutnov Festival in 2017.
Tenor saxophonist Josephine Davies played with Jamie Cullum, London Jazz Orchestra and BBC Big-Band. Another tenor’s voice is Mike Lesirge (Django Bates, Billy Cobham, Erykah Badu, Andreya Trian…). Guitarist Marco Piccioni, originally Italian, has his own blues-rock trio and moves across genres at all (Dele Sosini Afrobeat Orchestra, Julia Biel, Cleveland Watkiss). Extremely rich, multi-genre rhythm is formed by bassist Suman Joshi (punk-jazz The Destroyers, “Americano” playing Trio Manouche) and percussionist Maurizio Ravalico, who studied music in Havana and has been based in London since 1991; His portfolio includes Jamiroquai, Paul McCartney, Greg Osby and Andrea Parkins.
The opening track of the album “Deep Peace” was recorded in the sacred space of the Babtist Church in London’s Heath Street in August 2018. That’s why the beautifully arched timber arches of the Saxons, but initially disturbed by some industrial smog; but it will turn into ambient breath at the end…
Other songs Collocutor recorded in Soup Studio last January. The title “Continuation” opens the sound of Tibetan dishes; then there will be excited guitar riffs and an undocked bass line, over which the almost saxes will spread again and a bass clarinet will be added. He also cuts the solo, while percussion becomes very thick and intertwined with polyphonic voices of sax and flute in a distinctive theme. The masterful “Pause” is fed by an industrial drone, heavy bass, flushing of saxis, and then a riveting stream of percussion; it has a hypnotic thrust in which tenor solo, electronic noise, uncompromising guitar attacks explode, then massively graded by dense saxas. If jazz-rock fusion is to be reborn in a new, fresh sound, then it should sound like this! Or the following “The Angry One”, a punk cocktail of punk-jazz and free-rock. The composition “Lost and Found” brings tranquility, although in the first half it is gargling with a minimalist flow of saxes, from which it will penetrate into the listener’s ears a rousing solo baritone; then the chord of the breaths (tenorsax and flute) make a delicious melody with a regular, sometimes obscured rhythm. The album concludes with “Pause Reprise”, where the nuclear power of the original song is suppressed due to a loose structure that is only slowly cemented; the resulting intensity is not in the power of the sound mass, but in the tension within the material…”
“Sound = 100%
Cover = 100%
Music = 100%”