Monday, 3 August 2015

Sam Leak Big Band - Listen now to the entire suite...



This is absolutely mega. Sam Leak has released his whole suite of big band music from last year's London Jazz Festival - intense music. Alec Harper's solo - starting just after the 8 minute mark - is amazing, and backed with just the nastiest storm of big band, eventually giving way to (at first) cleanly stated hymn-like chords from Sam himself. And then it really really swings. The horn entry under Sam's piano after that is almost grimy.
Lluis Mather comes in around 24:30 with a searching, imaginative improvisation - followed by Sam Rapley demonstrating once again (if briefly) that the bass clarinet is a sonic force to be reckoned with even in the context of an entire big band.
I think you just have to listen to it. It's fun, and it's interesting. All in all a mighty fine way to spend 54'23".