21st Century V-Bop
Mark Anderson – drums
Paul Dunmall – tenor & soprano sax
Philip Gibbs – guitar
Tony Hymas – keyboard
Tony Hymas will be best known for his work with Jeff Beck (There and Back, Guitar Shop), Stanley Clarke, Jack Bruce and to a younger audience for his collaborations with Ursus Minor. Paul Dunmall is best known as a free improviser who has worked with many of the top improvisers worldwide, including Henry Grimes, Andrew Cyrille, Keith Tippett etc. Apart from his work with Dunmall, Gibbs here provides fresh approaches to both rock and jazz guitar styles, with nods to Mclaughlin’s technique and Hendrix’s walls of sound, whilst drummer Anderson provides strength and groove alternately, with reference to the mighty cohort of fusion drummers past and the march of modern groove-based music into the future.
21st Century V-Bop Discography
Featuring the internationally lauded reedsman, Paul Dunmall and Jeff Beck’s keyboardist Tony Hymas in addition to the Paroksha duo of Anderson and Gibbs, 21st Century V-Bop is a tour de force of spontaneous composition, caught live in the studio with no overdubs, just the pure creativity of four finely tuned musicians.
21st Century V-Bop Reviews
IMPROV-SPHERE Blogspot review of 21st Century V-Bop
Translated from the French:
“Something of the spirit of Albert Ayler is present in this disc, not in the playing or style, but in the practice of a form of exorcism of various musical demons, used and interpreted in a new, personal way. Each of this quartet’s seven spontaneous compositions…(brings out a crazy unconscious musical habit…) jazz fusion, psychedelic rock, ritual music, drum and bass, etc., all music which seems to have cradled the musicians brought together here. The choice of instrumentation and of instrumentalists shows them excellent to bring so many different genres unity thanks to the suppleness this line- up permits. Anderson doesn’t shrink from the obsessional two- step rhythms of Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead,) or jazz, or drum and bass, while the playing of Gibbs brings us just as well in(to) a universe of cosmic jazz fusion, between Weather Report and Sun Ra, as in(to) a universe marked by Hendrix, wahwah and distortion. Hymas and his keyboards are certainly the pillar of this suppleness, his keys start out well in the universe of Syd Barrett and end up in the Hancock Headhunters period…As for Dunmall, always true to himself, he stays mainly in a free jazz playing, ever distinguished by the modal jazz of Trane and Wayne Shorter.
The colours are thus varied, the intensity contrasting, there are many reliefs (*) one passes easily from a danceable devil’s music, to a contemplative, meditative psychotropic ambience. And (so each theme doesn’t become) tired, each morsel is surrounded by modes and a very precise rhythmic structure, ever stable for improvised music. The result: an eclectic record, singular and personal, equally rich in interpretation and inspiration, which knows how to keep safe the music to which it pays homage without losing either its personality or its (place) in the improvised music of the 21st century. In brief: it’s beautiful, energetic, groovy, idiomatic, reflective, without hangups or tunnel vision; get listening.
(*in the sense here of 3D or landscapes I think,)