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Allan Wilkinson on Ed Cherry…

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There’s a cleanliness in Ed Cherry’s guitar style, an immaculate delicacy that is never allowed to stray into the clinical precision of a smoother kind of jazz. On IT’S ALL GOOD, Cherry’s playing breathes its soul out in whispers, often tackling some rather complex melodies and improvisations with a lightness that prompts you to get as close as you can to the speaker. Occasionally, the notes will jump out like controlled explosions, but with an admirable effortlessness. And when they do, you know that Ed means it.
These dynamics are mirrored in the organ of Pat Bianchi, a player of incredible control and elegance whose background work, coloured with a spectrum of striking tones, is equally if not more enticing than his solos. Byron Landham’s drums are distributed about the album like a fine dust (In a Sentimental Mood), often mounting into impressive clumps (Deluge). Indeed, having backed Dizzy Gillespie for over a decade whilst also appearing with saxophonist Henry Threadgill and organist John Patton, Ed Cherry clearly surrounds himself with only the cream of the crop.
IT’S ALL GOOD is a sumptuous collection of covers and originals from a trio of musicians who seem, throughout, to be aware of just how great they sound together. Let’s hope they have the good sense to reconvene in the studio in the not too distant future.

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November 4th, 2012 at 2:44 pm

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