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Saxophonist Rob Hall And pianist Chick Lyall in a charming album of modern jazz that reflects their Scottish roots in lilting original compositions of melodic distinction.

Hall, Rob / Chick Lyall
Blithe Spirit

Hall, Rob / Chick Lyall: Blithe Spirit (FMR)
Label: FMR    
Released in: Great Britain    

"From their bases on either side of Scotland's central belt, saxophonist Rob Hall and pianist Chick Lyall take their music to audiences across Europe - they played in Italy earlier this month - and their international standing is reflected in the quality of this, their third album. These are musicians whose offstage conversations - whether they're reminiscing about Keith Jarrett's great 1970s Scandinavian band, discussing classical harmony or considering their favourite Scottish landscapes - seem to continue entirely naturally when instruments replace voices. Whichever sphere they operate in, they're always informed by striking melodies such as the very brisk, penetrating theme of Hall's "The Regime" or Lyall's lilting title track. Even on the handful of more abstract pieces that punctuate the track list, the atmosphere remains conversational, a quality that along with the clarity of tone and ideas from Hall's sopranino, soprano and tenor saxophones and clarinet, and Lyall's beautifully considered improvising and accompaniments, makes Blithe Spirit an album to return to often."-Rob Adams, Herald Scotland

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Product Information:

UPC: 786497264124

Label: FMR
Catalog ID: FMR 310-0511
Squidco Product Code: 14857

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded by David Galbraith at his studio in Lochwinnoch, Scotland on January 28th-30th, 2011.


Rob Hall-sopranino, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, clarinet

Chick Lyall-piano, harpsichord, electronics

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Track Listing:

1. Clouds & Machines 3:47

2. Tenebrae 7:26

3. The Regime 4:06

4. Distant Futures 2:36

5. Blithe Spirit 4:20

6. Triptych 1 3:54

7. The Slant 4:14

8. Always Present 3:06

9. Hinterland 4:52

10. Triptych 2 3:42

11. No Laughing Matter 5:32

12. Deep Past 2:19

13. Rondeau 4:13

14. Blithe Spirit (CODA) 1:16