Chad McCullough & Bram Weijters

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Claude Loxhay, JazzHalo (Belgium)

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Après "Imaginary Sketches" de 2011 et "Urban Nightingale" de 2012, voici le troisième album du quartet de Bram Weijters et Chad McCullough. On avait découvert le pianiste anversois au sein de Hamster Axis, on l'avait aussi entendu avec le Tuesday Night Orchestra, le quartet de Marjan Van Rompay, le quintet de Koen Nijs, le Misstriohso de Marie-Anne Standaert et au sein de Zygomatik de Piet Verbist.
Quant au trompettiste américain, il a fait partie du Glenn Miller Orchestra, du Kora Band et de Tunnel Six.

A la batterie, on retrouve John Bishop, l'une des chevilles ouvrières du label Origin et, à la contrebasse, l'excellent Piet Verbist. Réuni pour la troisième fois, le quartet propose une nouvelle série de compositions originales: trois belles ballades au climat nostalgique de Chad McCullough qui mettent en évidence la rondeur de sa sonorité (Mr Rubato, Little song for Mirthe, Winter's Lament) et huit compositions de Bram Weijters.

Des thèmes au tempo vigoureux soutenus par le drive implacable de John Bishop (Billions, Acceptance or Denial), de belles mélodies au tempo plus lent (Hesitation, The same but different), un blues avec beau solo de contrebasse (Glorious Traffic Jam) et trois courtes plages de respiration jouées en duo entre Wurlitzer et trompette (Still more, The same Prelude, Before Acceptance). Un quartet parfaitement soudé qui met en valeur le talent de chacun.

Translated:

Following "Imaginary Sketches" of 2011 and "Urban Nightingale" in 2012, is the third album by the quartet of Bram Weijters and Chad McCullough. We had discovered the Antwerp pianist in Hamster Axis, and also with the Tuesday Night Orchestra, Marjan Van Rompay Quartet, Koen Nijs Quintet, the Misstriohso Marie-Anne Standaert and within Piet Verbist's Zygomatik. As for the American trumpet player, he was part of the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Kora Band and Tunnel Six.

On drums is John Bishop, one of the prime movers of the Origin label, and on double bass, the excellent Piet Verbist. Recording for the third time, the quartet offers a new series of original compositions: three beautiful ballads with the nostalgic atmosphere created by Chad McCullough, highlighting the roundness of his sound (Mr Rubato, Little Song for Mirthe, Winter's Lament) and eight compositions by Bram Weijters.

Topics to vigorous tempo supported by the relentless drive of John Bishop (Billions, Acceptance or Denial), beautiful melodies at a slower tempo (Hesitation, The Same But Different), a blues with a nice bass solo (Glorious Traffic Jam), and three short, breathing pieces played in duets between trumpet and Wurlitzer (Still More, Prelude, Before Acceptance). A perfectly welded quartet that showcases the talent of each.






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