Title - 'Tor & Vale'
Artist - Mark Wingfield & Gary Husband
For those not in the know, Mark Wingfield is a guitarist and composer based in the UK. Most of his output is rooted in jazz, but he is also active in contemporary classical music.
Indeed, Wingfield cites jazz, rock, Indian, Japanese, African, and classical music as influences and has written over 70 compositions.
Gary Husband is an English jazz and rock drummer, pianist, and bandleader. He is best known for his emotive and dynamic style on both his primary instruments, the keyboards and the drums.
Also a composer, arranger and producer, Husband is a member of John McLaughlin's group The 4th Dimension and also performs with Germany's Norddeutscher Rundfunk Big Band and as a solo pianist.
He has been a member of many of Billy Cobham's groups (including Cobham's Spectrum 40 band), the guitarist Allan Holdsworth's groups, British pop/funk band Level 42 and groups led by Jack Bruce and guitarist Gary Moore.
Coming together on the quite brilliant new album Tor & Vale (released July 5th, 2019 via MoonJune Records), this quite magnificent album was recorded in high resolution digital on a single day during a multi-day set of sessions.
With audio engineer Jesus Rovira at the helm along with other artists at La Casamurada Studios in Catalonia, Spain the eight track album consists of five compositions from Wingfield together with three improvised pieces by them both.
1. 'Kittiwake' (07:25)
2. 'The Golden Thread' (08:19)
3. 'Night Song' (05:48)
4. 'Tor&Vale' (16:28)
5. 'Shape of Light' (10:41)
6. 'Tryfan' (09:37)
7. 'Silver Sky' (11:59)
8. 'Vaquita' (05:49)
The first track from his new coupling is 'Kittiwake' (07:25) which immediately showcases the wealth of dedicated passion these two have for such lush acoustic piano and electronic guitar pieces.
Their New Age flow is embraced once more on the free flowing, call-and-response exchanges found within the dramatic structure of 'The Golden Thread' which in turn is backed seamlessly by both the dynamic tone of 'Night Song' (05:48) and then the hauntingly ethereal free-form title track, 'Tor&Vale' (16:28).
Next up is the improvised piece 'Shape of Light' (10:41) which brings to the fore the truly dynamic, yet ultimately playful relationship between both men and their treatments.
One of my own personal favorites is the delightful 'Tryfan' (09:37) that allows the genuine, unforced chemistry between these two extraordinary players to truly take centerstage.
The album then rounds out with the heartfelt and driven 'Silver Sky' (11:59), and then the intrepid improvisers bring the new project to a close with the resoundingly magnificent 'Vaquita' (05:49).
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