The Darkening Blue

Andre Canniere

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Jazz, Contemporary
Whirlwind Recordings
October 14, 2016

Format: Compact Disc



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For his third Whirlwind release, trumpeter Andre Canniere shifts in an oblique direction from previous albums 'Forward Space' and 'Coalescence' with original compositions inspired by the words of Bohemian-Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke and American author Charles Bukowski.

'The Darkening Blue' is a sextet project which reaches into the heart of Stephen Mitchell's insightful translations of Rilke, some of which are conveyed by one of UK jazz's most expressive vocalists, Brigitte Beraha. There are instrumentally diverse interpretations, too, of Bukowski's writings, which are illuminated throughout by Tori Freestone (tenor sax), Ivo Neame (piano, keyboards, accordion), Michael Janisch (acoustic/electric bass) and Ted Poor (drums).

Combining Rilke's mystical intensity with a reassuring wistfulness, Beraha delivers lyrical stanzas which rhythmically and organically enfold Canniere's narrative arrangements to kindle rich, tumbling, connective improvisation - and that sense of engagement and craft flows throughout an album which is as forcefully dynamic as it is emotionally moving, frequently drawing out imaginative displays of virtuosity.

Andre Canniere is thrilled by the way his new project, with its jazz, indie rock and songwriting influences, has come to fruition: "These are great musicians who intuitively 'bring their thing' to my compositions, which is what I love; and I've been crazy about the work of Rilke and Bukowski for some time - it can affect people in many different ways. So if I can turn listeners onto some great poetry, introducing them to something in addition to the music, then that's great."

Personnel: Andre Canniere (trumpet), Brigitte Beraha (voice), Tori Freestone (tenor saxophone), Ivo Neame (piano, keyboards, accordion), Michael Janisch (electric & double bass), Ted Poor (drums)

Press Quotes

"(4 stars) A fine example of a stellar line-up achieving a remarkable amalgam of depth, warmth and sensitivity."

All About Jazz

"The Darkening Blue is Canniere's most ambitious, wide-ranging and personal album to date."


"The musicianship is beyond reproach."

Bebop Spoken Here

"A lovely sound, with melodic lines flowing easily off into improvisations."

The Jazz Breakfast

"A tremendous band, w?ho all impress individually and collectively."?

The Northern Echo


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Key Value
Catalogue number WR4693
Barcode 5052442008330
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Bass Michael Janisch
Drums Ted Poor
Piano Ivo Neame
Tenor Sax Tori Freestone
Vocals Brigitte Beraha
Weight 52g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 140mm x 7mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Autumn Day 06:20
2. Going Blind 04:42
3. Bluebird 06:06
4. Splash 06:32
5. Area Of Pause 06:08
6. Concession 05:46
7. Hug The Dark 05:15
8. Evening 06:41
9. Lament 04:53
10. Sunflower (for Emilie) 05:34