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Colin Webster & Andrew Lisle - New Invention [New Wave Of Jazz - 2020]

New Invention is a visceral and often highly intense jazz record- that barely ever lets-up, in either its pace nor attack. The seven-track album brings together alto sax player Colin Webster, and percussionist Andrew Lisle. The CD release appears on the Belgium label New Wave Of Jazz and comes in their house style white & grey boxed mini gatefold.

In the release two page write-up, which sits in the middle of the gatefold, Guy Peters talks about raging punk spirit, and that’s very much the key to this record- as both Webster & Lisle truly batter & bay their instruments, with only a few moments of respite in the release entire forty five minute runtime.

We kick off as we mean to go on with near eight-minute barrage that is “Knucklas”- here we find violently honking & sputtering honks meeting rapidly shuffling and bonding drums. For the first half, it’s a raging all attack, but in the second half the pair are playing brutally volley 'n' snake. As we move on we come from one of the shorter & manically cheeky tracks in the form of “Knill”- which severs up just over three and half minutes of locked & rapid seesaw sax harmonics, with speedily circling chime & kit runs.

Towards the latter half of the album we come the most lengthy attack here- the nearing twelve-minute darting & twisting of “Yardro”- which pairs cluttering & smashing percussion runs with searing and speed twists of horn bay, wail & scream- with along the way some nicely manic just horn break downs.

If your after a  jazz record that sonically batters & bruises, yet at the same pumps you up & exhilarates you too- then I’d say New Invention will be for you. And I'll be most certainly looking out for future releases from both Webster & Lisle, as both players are as energetic as they are creative.

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Roger Batty
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