Album Title: The Rock Between Artist:Metamorphic Catalogue no: F-IRECD43 Date of Release: 04/04/2011 Price: 9.99 GBP
The composer and arranger of the music on The Rock Between, pianist Laura Cole, draws heavily on her experience of RSI as a musician, and the subsequent depression that she battled with as a result. Now fully recovered, The Rock Between is an attempt to chart this journey through music and words. The album is a collection of largely song-based emotional journeys, juxtaposing original material and arrangements of well-known pieces, and comprises of tightly composed writing offset by improvised passages. The background to this music also draws from an interest in textures, music in dreams and the translation of transformative emotional experiences through composition and performance.
Chris Williams: alto sax
John Martin: tenor/soprano sax
Kerry Andrew: Vocals/Loops
Tom Greenhalgh: Drums
Paul Sandy: Double Bass
Laura Cole: Piano/Composer/ Arranger
Guest: Shabaka Hutchings, bass clarinet
05/11, Dan Spicer - Jazzwise an attempt to transmute [these] dark materials into a nugget of artistic gold [...] lushly scored [...]'
04/11, Ian Mann - thejazzmann.com
'A fascinating record that shows considerable promise'
05/11/11 Bruce Lindsay - All About Jazz
‘The music and performances on The Rock Between have rare strength and beauty.’
04/11, Max Reinhardt - BBC Radio3's Late Junction 'As I mentioned yesterday, the F-ire label seems to have an unstoppable ability to unleash intriguing new jazz. Here's another case in point.. Metamorphic with a track from their new album, The Rock Between'
03/12, Peter Gamble- Jazz Journal
‘This [album] is typical of the British jazz to be found on the F-ire label [...] The group members [...] display a high degree of musicianship, particularly alto man [Chris] Williams who displays an edginess that grabs the attention’
Light Up Yourself
The Rock Between
Ruby My Dear
Kind Folk Tell Me A Bedtime Story
Two Feet Fall/ Nardis/ Sunshower-
C&P Laura Cole and Craig Robertson 2011
All compositions and lyrics by Laura Cole, except Ruby My Dear (Thelonius Monk); Kind Folk Tell Me A Bedtime Story (Kenny Wheeler, Herbie Hancock); Hyperballad (Bjork); Nardis/Sunshower (Miles Davis/Kenny Barron)
Studio: Intimate Studios, London
Engineering, mastering, & mixing: Engineer- Paul Madden. Mixed and Mastered by Will Worsley at Trouble Studios, London
Producer: Laura Cole and Craig Robertson
Artwork & design: Steve Diello, Laura Cole and Pat Grace
Photography: Dannie Price