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The Pilgrimage by Andrew Lamb Trio

Seldom recorded tenor saxophonist Andrew Lamb’s briskly executed tenor sax lines are equalized by a rather brawny sound, as he leads this trio through a sequence of friskily rendered works. With this release, Tom Abbs toggles between bass and tuba while the elder statesman of the band, drummer Andrei Strobert provides the generally, swarming undercurrents. On "The Pilgrimage," Strobert implements a regimented pulse that might spur notions of a march style etude for a foreign militia. However, the overall tone of this piece changes as Abbs (tuba) institutes a perky ostinato, serving as the framework for Lamb’s exploratory excursions. Many of these tracks feature the trio’s inclination for rendering intensely climactic passages. More often than not, the musicians go for the gusto, while their various improvisational interludes contain a balanced and rather forceful approach. Moreover, on the piece dedicated to his wife titled "I Dream of a Love Song," Lamb renders yearning lines with a soulful edge. (Recommended.... )

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Andrew Lamb Trio
  • CD Title: The Pilgrimage
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: CIMP
  • Musicians: Andrew Lamb (tenor sax - mismaar), Tom Abbs (bass - tuba), Andrei Strobert (drums)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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