Inclassificable

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COMPOSERS: Various
LABELS: Label Bleu
PERFORMER: Andy Sheppard (ts, ss); Steve Lodder (kybds), Nana Vasconcelos (perc)
CATALOGUE NO: LBLC 6583 DDD

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For someone whose shyness makes it difficult for him to talk onstage, Andy Sheppard is the most gregarious leader. In big bands, small groups and duos, his self-taught skills shine in almost any setting. This little outfit is the best in a while – Sheppard sounding much like Jan Garbarek might if he spent more time in the sun.

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His fresh and folksy compositions are moved along con brio by the elevating mix of Lodder’s sparkling synth and Vasconcelos’s organic percussion. The leader’s mid-tempo-to-freewheeling improvisation dances across his ingenious accompaniment with careful abandon. With Inclassificable Sheppard has broken new ground for the improvising trio and made a real tonic of a disc. Garry Booth