Tim Amann xTet

‘Still Waters’ is the latest and third disc from the Tim Amann xTet - current Birmingham Jazz Audience Poll Winners.

To celebrate this prestigious accolade they will perform a special concert at Symphony Hall on Friday 3rd June.

The new CD is released to coincide with this concert and features strong contributions from the now established line-up of Ray Butcher on trumpet, Sam Rogers on saxes, Sheila MacRory on vocal and flute, Tim Amann on piano, Adam Gilchrist on bass and both Carl Hemmingsley and Pete Hammond on drums and percussion.

The xTet was originally formed in 1995 and has performed at home and abroad, notably including several appearances at the Montreux Jazz festival, tours of Germany and Scotland and rapturously received stints in Moscow and St Petersburg last year.

The band’s USP is its focus on melodic and highly accessible original compositions penned principally by Tim Amann and Ray Butcher.

‘Still Waters’ builds on previously released ‘The Scarecrows’ - recorded during the German tour - in blending jazz with folk and other musical elements.  This has become Tim’s signature style.

Amann’s own view is that his compositions on Still Waters represent his best and most deeply personal work so far, forming a lyrical narrative with a unifying underlying spiritual theme and resonance.

Featuring related compositions written over a ten year period, themes of childhood and the passage of time, combine to create both a musical and spiritual journey seen from the mid point of life.

In his mind’s eye the work is inspired in part by a composite landscape of the Welsh borders, the Severn and Wye valleys, much loved from childhood.


Review of "Still Waters" by Peter Bacon, the Birmingham Post:

Tim Amann xTet: Still Waters

They run deep, according to the old saying, and the Midlands-based pianist and composer certainly makes it easy with the tunes he writes for his improvisers to get beneath the surface to investigate what lies beneath.

The linked opening tracks take us from pastoral serenity to upbeat Latin overtones, while In Your Footsteps/Solstice gets one of the band's live favourites recorded at last. In Hope And Faith builds up a fine funky head of steam. Some nice watery sound effects link the whole album together.

The band has Amann's long-time Walsall Jazz Orchestra partners, bassist Adam Gilchrist and drummer Carl Hemmingsley (with new drummer Pete Hammond in for three tracks), while in the frontline are trumpeter Ray Butcher and saxophonist Sam Rogers. Shelia MacRory adds flute on a few tracks and sings the traditional The Maid of Culmore to her own tune. There's sterling work from all concerned, with Butcher and Rogers in particular getting to those dark, mysterious and intriguing emotional depths.

 

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