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Trish Clowes: And in the night-time she is there (Basho Records, 2012)
Trish Clowes (saxophone), Chris Montague (guitar), Gwilym Simcock (piano), Calum Gourlay (bass), James Maddren (drums), Thomas Gould (violin), Thea Spiers (violin II), Adam Robinson (viola), Louise McMonagle (cello – nonet tracks), Heidi Parsons (cello – small band tracks), Kathleen Willison (vocals)

The Guardian
BBC Music
The Arts Desk
The Jazz Mann


"The title of the UK saxophonist and composer Clowes' second album is from Oscar Wilde's poem The Sphinx, sung here by Kathleen Willison. With 2010's Tangent, Clowes unveiled a personal angle on jazz-classical crossovers that let jazz musicians and improv-minded classical players, including young violin star Thomas Gould, freely roam. The largest ensemble here is a ninepiece, rather than Tangent's full orchestra, but the venture goes confidently further."
The Guardian, John Fordham

"But the tracks that make this album truly remarkable are those with the string quartet plus guest pianist Gwilym Simcock completing a nonet. Central to the album is Iris Nonet, a three-part suite dedicated to Clowes’ late grandmother, on which the strings do not play a score but improvise an accompaniment. This gives the piece an edginess and freshness far removed from many jazz-plus-strings collaborations."
BBC Music, John Eyles

"Dedicated to her grandmother, the three-movement "Iris Nonet" sees Clowes exploring the larger textural palette offered when her own quartet - drummer James Maddren, Troyka guitarist Chris Montague and bassist Calum Gourlay - is joined by star pianist Gwilym Simcock and an improvising string quartet led by violinist (and leader of the Aurora Orchestra and Britten Sinfonia), Thomas Gould. Powerful, lyrical and with a sound-world that ranges from the austere to the ecstatic, this proves to be incredibly fertile ground for the composer."
The Arts Desk, Peter Quinn

"“Animator” expands the ensemble to a nonet with the addition of Simcock at the piano and the string quartet led by violin virtuoso Gould. Clowes is keen to stress the improvising credentials of the string players and there’s definitely a more integrated feel here than on the orchestral arrangements of the previous album. The interlocking colours and textures of “Animator” are particularly engrossing with Gould and Simcock making particularly strong contributions."
The Jazz Mann, Ian Mann

 

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