New Dave Chamberlain Trio album brimming with subtly beautiful textures
July 7, 2011 (London, England) Written by Robert Sutton. The sound of the saxophone swirls through the afternoon air as couples stroll through the park. It seems to hum a siren's call that is responded by a network of sleek, sparkling guitars. The sun gazes delightedly upon them both like they were offspring of its own, speaking a language that even Mother Nature could grasp.
The music of the Dave Chamberlain Trio can have this effect on people, stirring up daydreams with vivid imagery. Their latest album, On the Back Foot, finds bassist Chamberlain taking a more prominent role with a guitar. The results are, like the scene pictured above, akin to poetry; each melody and every riff is a polished and emotionally stirring line.
That summer fantasy was courtesy of "Too Late Now," the second cut on the album. No, there aren't any words that provided the narrative. Chamberlain's exquisite guitar playing, awash with subtly beautiful textures, illustrates the portrait. On "Serenade to Sweden," saxophonist Dave O'Higgins adds layers of color to Chamberlain's spellbinding storytelling. Together they produce an impeccable game of give and take; neither is too shy to donate or corner the spotlight. At first, O'Higgins' jubilant sax reels in the most attention on "I'll Get By" but then Chamberlain's throbbing bass catches the ear and refuses to let go.
Known primarily for his skills with the double bass, On the Back Foot provides Chamberlain an opportunity to display his guitar work, something he'd like to develop further. "I'm still very much engrossed in developing my guitar skills and consider it a highly rewarding and engaging work in progress," Chamberlain explained. "Whereas on the bass I am always a sideman, the guitar affords the opportunity to be the leader. In addition, I can be an accompanist for a singer or instrumentalist in the context of a duo, or even perform totally self-contained solo repertoire, something that tends to require a bit too much indulgence from an audience if I am playing the bass. I'm not sure where my guitar journey will take me, or even whether it will take me away from playing the bass altogether, but I know that I am enjoying every exciting minute of it."
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