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Here Comes The Woodman With His Splintered Soul

by Twelves

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Earth 11:32
Angel 06:36
Clutter 09:01
Flower Song 09:30


First record from Twelves when they where a trio,
second album "the adding machine" available from the Babel label

The dry, patient, sax-led melodies of this British trio suggest Polar Bear. But Twelves Trio's bassist, Riaan Vosloo, considers the American free-bassist William Parker and the idiosyncratic sax-bass-drums groups of Sonny Rollins' earlier career as the trio's real models. The saxophonist here is Mark Hanslip, whose languorous melodic development and shapely solo accelerations are a powerful feature of the Outhouse group. On the quietly exhilarating Jiggery Pokery, the imperturbable Hanslip suggests a less impulsive Ornette Coleman over Vosloo's rumbling basslines and Giles' steady clip; She Moved Through the Fair exploits the dark nuances of his tenor tone over growling arco bass and hollow cymbal taps. Guest pianist Zoe Rahman nudges at the saxophonist's plaintive hoots on the languidly funky Earth; Angel's descending melody sounds like a dolorous Jitterbug Waltz. Despite the limitations of this instrumentation, it's a real group-improvisers' album, full of understated melodic invention.
The Guardian

We might not be aware of it up here in the Midlands, but apparently if you go daan saaf and head for the E17 postcode you will find that Walthamstow is becoming the jazz equivalent of the East Village. And you might come across bassist Riaan Vosloo, drummer Tim Giles and tenor saxophonist Mark Hanslip, best known as members of Electric Dr M, Fraud and Outhouse respectively, but likely to be beset by hurrahs as a result of this disc.
It really is excellent. Just try the opener, the punchy Jiggery Pokery with its never-erring bass ostinato, its timeless tune and beautifully focused solos. Or the atmospheric sound explorations of She Moved Through The Fair. Lots of air and lots of exciting sound waves in it.
Pianist Zoe Rahman sits in on a couple of tracks. Let’s hope we hear them up here in the B postcodes before too long.


released September 3, 2012


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