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And another great review, this time from Italy (thanks again google translate!)
“Collocutor is a beautiful modal jazz project, formed and directed by saxophonist and composer Tamar Osborn (aka Tamar Collocutor). Drawing on far-reaching influences, from the electric era of Miles Davis to minimalism through Indian classical music and Ethiopian sound, the latter output is certainly the best: the disc is a suite, which cradles the ear through meditative situations and peak moments of absolute distortion. The soft sound of the winds takes the listener into a sort of continuous dialogue, between shooting themes and astral contemplations. The Indian percussion of the first songs creates a strong expectation for what is going to happen next, where in Pause the disc opens with a broken and more energetic groove. The climax is reached in The Angry One, a hysterical song bordering a certain radical free jazz. It is very interesting to observe how these songs work together so well, evolving continuously without being boring and repetitive. “Continuation” is proof that Collocutors are a formidable ensemble, and Tamar Osborn is confirmed as one of the best composers of this period.”
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%”
“one of the most dynamic jazz groups to emerge out of London”
“another brilliant recording from Tamar and Collocutor, continuing to explore and expand musically, while making their mark as one of the most innovative groups in jazz right now”
Thank you to TJ Gorton for featuring ‘Continuation’ on Beat Caffeine.com!
Read the full write-up here:
A big thank you to The Vinyl Factory for including our forthcoming album ‘Continuation’ in their ‘New albums to look for in February’ feature! Read more here:
We’re very pleased to announce our 3rd album will be released in February 2020, again with the fantastic On The Corner Records.
Marking a transition to a slightly smaller band line-up, it is at heart a very personal album about coping with grief and the aftermath of loss, with the realisation that grief does not exist without love.
Previews and pre-orders are up on bandcamp – we hope the music connects with you.
Artwork by Victoria Topping
Here’s a little solo taster ahead of our gig at the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, as part of the 10th anniversary of their Late Night Jazz series. Tickets and info:
Tamar selected a few tracks for a Sunday morning in conjunction with Sanjay Mistry and long-running series MailTape (illustration by Pierre-Julien Fieux):
We’re very excited to announce our new 12″ EP ‘Black Satin’, featuring live renditions of Miles Davis’ classic track (from a session for Champagne Funk/Balamii Radio) and our own The Search, and remixes of The Search and Everywhere by DJ Khalab and Ruth Goller (Melt Yourself Down, Let Spin). Available to pre-order from On The Corner Records bandcamp:
You can also buy a poster of Victoria Topping’s amazing artwork!
Percussionless quartet version of one of our favourites ‘Everywhere’, performed for our Worldwide FM live session earlier this year and featuring Tamar on tenor sax for a change… Enjoy!