Nick Walters and the Paradox Ensemble - Awakening Vinyl LP (Out Of Stock)
Nick Walters and the Paradox Ensemble Awakening Vinyl LP
Paradox Ensemble was formed in 2013 by trumpeter Nick Walters bringing together some of his closest musical collaborators from various projects he was involved in. After a debut release entitled Entanglement on Efpi Records and several gigs around the country, the project has lied dormant for a few years, before returning with its follow-up Awakening. The large ensemble seeks to juxtapose composed ensemble passages with extended improvised sections, allowing all band members space and freedom to explore within the composed structure. Diverse musical influences from all over the world are heard, along with the incorporation of electronic sounds and live effects on the acoustic instruments.
Above all the music is underpinned by a solid groove - this is music to move to as well as to listen to. The 13-piece group combine spiritual and eastern jazz moods with West African rhythms, channeling the spirit of Woody Shaw, Charles Mingus and other absent friends. The band features some familiar faces such as Ed Cawthorne (aka Tenderlonious) on tenor sax and flute, Aidan Shepherd (Ruby Rushton) on accordion, and of course the incomparable Nick Walters (Ruby Rushton & Riot Jazz) on trumpet and synths.
"34268" - inspired by an Agbadja rhythm from Togo - features two ways of emphasizing the same rhythmic motif - the first half a slower pulse of three beats to the bar before quickening to a four to the floor groove for the second half, accompanied by a classic trumpet solo from Walters. "Dear Old Thing" is a tribute to beloved cricket commentator Henry Blofeld, "dear old thing" was his catchphrase. The musical inspiration is channeled from Eric Dolphy via an exquisite flute solo from Ed Cawthorne (Tenderlonious) and another transcendent solo from Walters.
"Brahman" means 'the Absolute, the Ultimate Reality' in Hindu philosophy - infinite eternal truth and bliss which does not change, yet is the cause of all changes. Carla Ibled on harp wows with a deep and dramatic Alice Coltrane style intro, before it breaks into an intricate up beat groove that Sam Healey cuts to shreds with his soaring alto sax solo. The album closes with the floaty, spiritual "Zeno," a tribute to the ancient Greek philosopher Zeno, who is still renowned today for his paradoxes.
Nick Walters and the Paradox Ensemble Awakening Track Listing:
2. Dear Old Thing
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