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Indigo Kid - Indigo Kid (2012)

Jazz | Author: SELMER | 12-04-2018, 15:54
Indigo Kid - Indigo Kid (2012)
Artist: Indigo Kid
Title Of Album: Indigo Kid
Year Of Release: 2012
Label: Babel Label
Country: UK
Genre: Jazz
Quality: FLAC (*tracks)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 51:16 min
Full Size: 283 MB


1. First Light [6:13]
2. Waitent Wantant [8:41]
3. Mr. Lepard [3:39]
4. New Man New Place [6:10]
5. Indigo Kid [6:18]
6. Pages to a Friend [6:17]
7. Ode to Gilly [4:45]
8. The Man I Love (Gershwin) [4:32]
9. Bioluminescence [4:40]


Dan Messore - guitar;
Iain Ballamy - tenor saxophone;
Tim Harries - bass;
Gethin Jones - drums.

A young musician these days will often form a band with his or her musician friends and peers but miss out on an important old jazz tradition, that of learning from your seniors on the bandstand. Not so the upcoming young guitarist Dan Messore. As with another Babel artist and drummer Seb Rochford who chose the highly regarded ex-Loose Tubes saxophonist Mark Lockheart as a sideman for Polar Bear, it's to the young guitarist/composer Messore's credit, that his right hand man in his quartet Indigo Kid is a mentor and another ex-Loose Tubes sideman, the incredible British saxophonist Iain Ballamy, who has also produced and arranged this eponymous debut recording. Ballamy has reams of praise for the young guitarist who he first met in 2003 while completing his MA in jazz at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. A man after his own heart, Ballamy describes Messore as, "a mature and confident musician with an individual approach to writing and playing.” Besides the Cardiff drummer Gethin Jones, who Messore studied alongside in Cardiff, the guitarist's tender and mesmerizing writing and playing has also attracted the experienced ex-Bill Bruford bassist Tim Harries to the Indigo Kid fold.

It's easy to see why though. As is the norm among Babel artists, Messore is someone who has inherited and absorbed a diverse range of music. On the recording Messore might draw from the sensitive side of post-contemporary fusion where Pat Metheny meets Kurt Rosenwinkel. But Indigo Kid is also filled with the rich folk-rock traditions of a John Fahey and the recently departed Bert Jansch and Messore's sweet folky harmonies and dreamily chiming open chords recall the misty mountain landscapes of Led Zeppelin, as on his composition here 'Mr Lepard'. But jazz is central, with hints of Bill Frisell's Americana on the tender 'Pages to a Friend', and a beautifully intimate rendition of the Gershwins' 'The Man I Love', while jazz fans' hearts are certain to melt to Messore's bossa-like 'New Man New Place' with Ballamy improvising in sumptuous Stan Getz-like mood.

Yet Indigo Kid isn't solely a western music exercise, and his search for cultural roots and their meaning stretches further afield. “Much of my composition comes as a response to nature and surroundings,” says Messore. “I have travelled a fair amount, whilst doing so I always try to get off the beaten track: hitching, sleeping out, working locally. I am attempting to create music that has a strong sense of landscape with improvisation”. On the way he has looked to Africa and its folk music, especially inspired by the gentle rootsy jazz guitar of the unique Benin-born NY-based star Lionel Loueke. And to Brazil, the great Hermeto Pascoal being a subtle but pervasive influence throughout the album. But it's the accessible combination of all these lyrical song-like forms and deeply rooted improv aesthetics that appear throughout these sensual and very striking compositions that this highly gifted guitarist has recorded for his band debut Indigo Kid.

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