Boomkat Product Review:
Contemporary London jazz players Ben Vince & Jacob Samuel cross brass and keys in their excellent, wild-haired first duet recordings after years in eachother's orbit.
Notably shorn of any electronic presence, the four pieces of ‘I’ll Stick Around’ own up to Vince and Samuel’s considerable instrumental tekkers, which have variously blessed records by everyone from Klein, Mhysa and Mica levi to Joy Orbison and Charles Hayward in recent years. Working in a free but contemplative jazz mode, they play up to the loose-by-definition genre’s more mannered, less frenetic, side with flashes of harmolodic brilliance emerging from their thickets of sax buzzsquall and flurries of scattered piano notes.
Like we say, it’s free jazz, but with belied by a strong appreciation of pop forms, meaning their music never strays too far from comprehensibility. The unedited recordings instead find a sweet spot of breezy, improvisational expression and puckered, melodic form, using the recording space as a third player or variable in the roughly woven mix of their sound. By moving the mic around mid-take, and embracing the lingering air of the room, they appear to move dynamically and unpredictably within their soundsphere, coming from oblique angles over the shoulder blindspots in a subtly devilish swirl.