July 20, 2014

Richard Spaven - Whole Other* (Fine Line Records)

Second stop this week in UK nu-jazz scene land, with drummer Richard Spaven debut solo LP, Whole Other*, out now on Fine Line Records.

Alongside his majesty Chris "Daddy" Dave, Richard has been one of my favorite jazz/groove/beats drummer for the last few years, mainly for his brilliant contributions to Cinematic Orchestra as well as Jose James recordings, but also for his great first solo EP, Spaven's 5ive, released in 2010.

Whole Other* sounds like a kaleidoscope of this already rich musical career, wandering between abstract modern jazz atmospheres and groovier moments. If his delicate drumming style naturally leads the way, Richard also demonstrates a remarkable writing and producing talent, notably finding the right space to his high-profile list of guests musicians. Among them, let's mention Cinematic Orchestra's fascinating guitarist Stuart McCallum, but also Jose James trumpet player Takuya Kuroda, both of whom were mentioned several times on this blog.
Don't miss out on this organic dose of smoothness!

Extract below:



Second détour en une semaine par la scène nu-jazz UK avec le très joli premier album solo du batteur Richard SpavenWhole Other*, qui sort sur Fine Line Records.

Dans la lignée de sa majesté Chris "Daddy" Dave, Richard est devenu l'un de mes batteurs jazz/groove favoris ces dernières années, notamment pour ses brillantes contributions aux productions de Cinematic Orchestra et Jose James, mais aussi à la faveur d'un excellent premier maxi solo, Spaven's 5ive, sorti en 2010.

Whole Other* est un véritable patchwork de sa déjà très riche carrière musical, alternant avec aisance les moments d'abstract jazz avec les passages plus groove. Si la batterie mène évidemment la danse, on y découvre aussi un Richard Spaven talentueux compositeur et chef d'orchestre, laissant le juste espace à une série de musiciens de haute volée. On citera notamment le génial guitariste de Cinematic Orchestra, Stuart McCallum et le fantasque trompettiste de Jose James, Takuya Kuroda, deux musiciens dont j'ai déjà évoqué le travail sur ce blog.








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