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Jazz, Contemporary
Whirlwind Recordings
July 15, 2016

Format: Compact Disc



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Reaching into the heart of improvised music has become second nature to
British tenor saxophonist Tori Freestone and perennial colleagues Dave Manington (double bass) and Tim Giles (drums), which is again demonstrated on their second recording for Whirlwind, 'El Barranco'.

Following their warmly-received 2014 release 'In the Chop House' and subsequent live appearances, the trio have relished the opportunity to reconvene in the studio to record this collection of intuitive explorations (often first takes) of predominantly original compositions, including a pair of London Jazz Festival commissions.

The challenge of the wide-open chordless format is enthusiastically embraced by this trio, offering an improvisational prospect which constantly evolves, thanks to their innate ability to share ideas and spontaneously flex in new directions. Tori Freestone's characteristically voluble tenor delivery is a key factor in this artistic process: a continuous channel of flowing, tumbling lines arriving from a seemingly limitless, spring-like source; and the quicksilver responses and diversions of both Manington and Giles are so genuinely realised. All of this combines in creating delightful group unpredictability, via a mutual, carefully crafted musical vocabulary, which happily hovers on the periphery of delineated structure.

Personnel: Tori Freestone (tenor saxophone, violin & vocals), Dave Manington (double bass), Tim Giles (drums)

Press Quotes

"(4 stars) a formidable improvisers' showcase of reflectiveness and fierce intensity."

The Guardian

"(4 stars) The three musicians gel together perfectly, exuding skill and harmony within an all-too-rarely heard chordless formation."

All About Jazz

"(4 stars) Thoughtful writing and arranging, adventurous collective improvising and a well balanced trio sound with some superb interaction between the players."

The Jazz Mann

"(4 stars) Strong melodic intelligence with a playful, at times reckless sense of adventure."

The Irish Times

"(4 stars) Brims with passion and invention."

Kind of Jazz

"(4 stars) Free flowing, free style...a totally personal jazz combo sound."

Jazz Journal

"This music is finely pitched between the accessible and the challenging, as the instinctive empathy between the players allows them to veer in and out of groove and harmony at will...The live show should be riveting."

Jazz Views

"Another interesting, varied and enjoyable recording."

Sandy Brown Jazz

"Freestone's hypnotically inventive improv is a deeply personal one...A tenor saxophonist worthy of more recognition."


"This is a powerful follow up."

Hi-Fi News & Record (Album Choice October)

"Everything on this CD gels perfectly...A CD which is both imaginative and accessible."

Northern Echo

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Key Value
Catalogue number WR4689
Barcode 5052442008293
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Double Bass Dave Manington
Drums Tim Giles
Tenor Sax Tori Freestone
Weight 60g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 140mm x 7mm x 125mm