• CD28 Vicky Fifield - Devotion
    Vicky Fifield - Devotion
    Album Title: Devotion
    Artist: Vicky Fifield
    Catalogue no: F-IRECD28
    Date of Release: 20/04/2009
    Price: 9.99 GBP


    Strongly melodic original compositions. Fresh and contemporary approach to violin playing in the jazz idiom. Subtle synthesis of world music, classical and jazz influences. Best known for her work with maverick string group Basquiat String, young Scottish violinist Vicky Fifield here leads her own quartet on their self-titled debut album 'Vicky Fifield and Devotion.' Originally formed in the midst of the Edinburgh Festival, the band features some of the country's most exciting and creative talents: award-winning guitarist Graeme Stephen, in-demand young bass player Euan Burton and ex-pat Canadian drummer Chris Wallace with Fifield on violin.

    Coming from a mixed background of classical, jazz and folk music, Fifield's compositions display elements derived from all of these styles presented in a uniquely melodic and accessible way. Rather than inhabiting the traditional jazz violin territory of Grappelli etc, where the instrument and its virtuosic capabilities often take centre stage, here musical vision is much wider, using the violin as a tool to express her distinctive musical personality. Although the music on the album is very much her own personal vision, the band are given a lot of freedom within the compositions with strong soloing from all players throughout.

    Vicky Fifield: violin
    Graeme Stephen: guitar
    Euan Burton: double bass
    Chris Wallace: drums
    Guest: Johnny Copland: electric bass

    TECHNICAL INFO

    All Compositions by Vicky Fifield except Yimloch Adonai - traditional Jewish.C & P Vicky Fifield 2008.

    Studio: The Soundcafe, Penicuik
    Engineer: Dave Gray 
    'Rapture' recorded live at the Forest Café, Edinburgh by Kenny McCabe
    Mixed and Mastered: Fraser Fifield
    Artwork and design: Vicky Fifield

    REVIEWS

    24/04/2009 John Fordham - The Guardian
    "Fifield is a fine composer of soft-but-powerful, song-like themes with lots of folk roots showing"

    24/04/2009 John Fordham - The Guardian
    "Some sublime moments."

    18/04/2009 Rob Adams - The Herald
    "Fifield creates melodically strong, inventive music, with the tough-riffing Delta, the bright, stirring Home Again and the traditional Jewish melody Yimloch Adonai particularly memorable."

    05/07/2009 Chris Parker - www.vortexjazz.co.uk
    "an absorbing album."

    TRACK-LIST

    No

     

    Title

    Duration

     

     

     

     

    1

     

    First Light

    5.10

    2

     

    Nine Lives

    10.14

    3

     

    Home Again

    6:09

    4

     

    Remus

    5.41

    5

     

    Army of One

    9.36

    6

     

    Delta

    7.38

    7

     

    Rapture (Live)

    6.38

    8

     

    The Alhambra

    7.41

    9   Yimloch Adonai 4.02

     

    LINKS

    www.myspace.com/vickyfifield