Rhythm Method

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COMPOSERS: Andy Sheppard
LABELS: Blue Note
WORKS: jazz
PERFORMER: Andy Sheppard (saxes), Claude Deppa, Kevin Robinson (t); Gary Valente, Ashley Slater (tb); Jerry Underwood, Julian Arguelles (saxes); Steve Lodder (kb); Sylvan Richardson (b); Dave Adams (d)
CATALOGUE NO: BLT 1007

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The band Big Co-Motion, featured on one track here, recorded live at Ronnie Scott’s, is basically a larger version of Andy Sheppard’s stimulating electric small group In Co-Motion and represents the saxophonist’s second foray into bigger-band jazz. His core group’s chief strength – an ability to shift seamlessly between taut funk and looser, straight-ahead jazz improvisation – is tellingly accentuated by the energy and power provided by a beefed-up horn section.

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Sheppard’s great skill lies in his adeptness at building rousing climaxes from deceptively wispy, infectiously simple themes. Rhythm Method’s six tracks, whether featuring quintet, sextet or the fully extended line-up, not only confirm his growing expertise as a composer and arranger but provide a tasty appetiser for a forthcoming live album from the Big Co-Motion, Delivery Suite. Chris Parker