Matt Ridley describes his quartet's offering as "considered, composed/improvised music which might transport and entertain both listeners and players, creating and involving all in an awareness of the present - that's something I feel strongly about." The immersive experience of these fifty-or-so minutes suggests that intention is excitingly on-track.
The seven extended originals of 'Mettã' arise from an almost strategic, compositional plan which inspires engaging extemporisation from all players. Removed from any notion of a conventional head/solo approach, Ridley's musical landscape is one of focused rhythmic, chordal and improvisational invention which can both challenge and delight - as in storytelling opener "Music to Drive Home To", whose steady, end-of-day journeying, led by Jason Yarde's colourful soprano dialogue and John Turville's spangled ostinati, is punctuated by unpredictable pauses.
Personnel: Matt Ridley (double bass), Jason Yarde (soprano saxophone), John Turville (piano), George Hart (drums)
- Music to Drive Home To
- Mental Cases
- Strange Meeting
- The Labyrinth
- Ebb and Flow
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