For The Seasons, the American saxophonist Ben Wendel has chosen to play in a quintet. This is his fourth album in a solo career that runs alongside his jazz-fusion outfit Kneebody. It takes us through the seasonal calendar in a musical journey inspired by Tchaikovsky’s piano suite and a painting by Lee Krasner.
Sears favours careful chording rather than grandstand soloing, and his trio, Guilhem Flouzat and Martin Nevin , plus two guests, saxophonist Dayna Stephens and multi-instrumentalist Sam Gendel, performs with a glowing sensitivity that avoids the trap of being too understated for its own good.
The seventh Anthony Joseph's album, People of the Sun has the qualities of its predecessors (unstoppable syncope, vocal charisma, social chronicles, and poetic writing), while at the same time allowing marginal innovations, such as beautiful string arrangements.
Milo says the heart of budding ornithologists are weary of tired analogies is all about the way “my collaborators and I got funky and we dared to share that feeling with you.”