Unwind: Orange (Rattle, CD+DVD)

 |   |  <1 min read

Miracle
Unwind: Orange (Rattle, CD+DVD)

The Unwind trio are bassist/educator Paul Dyne, pianist/writer Norman Meehan and saxophonist/international citizen Hayden Chisholm.

That is quite an accumulation of jazz talent and, recorded at Orange Studios in Christchurch, these 10 pieces frequently attest to the ethos that less can be so much more. The three Meehan-penned openers for example are measured 2am ballads which are a very seductive entry.

Check out the languid seven minutes of Mendoza as the enticement.

And more follows at the midpoint with the gently walking Dyne composition Miracle which is an object lesson in their creative interplay which is so subtle as to seem effortless and leads to the final seconds of Chisholm's romantic denouement which stops just the right side of cliche.

Meehan's more playful Ms Mulgan follows (Dyne's supple work here a highlight behind the more prominent soloing of Meehan and Chisholm) and later Chisholm's Kind and Gentle closes this thoughtful selection in the manner its title suggests with the saxophonist slowly taking flight to the higher branches.

This is an accomplished if undramatic album which follows this trio's excellent Unwind debut of late last year, nominated for jazz album of the year.

Very pleasant.

The band's now-adopted name – which I once saw on a bed pillow in a spa-cum-luxury hotel – and the cover art probably says all you needed to know about the contents within.

This CD -- typically a high quality presentation from Rattle -- comes with a crisply shot 30-minute live DVD of Unwind which opens with the too-modestly entitled Placeholder by Meehan.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Jazz articles index

DUKE ELLINGTON: A genius, but not that great?

DUKE ELLINGTON: A genius, but not that great?

Few statements about music can be delivered unequivocally, but here's one: Edward Kennedy Ellington was one of the greatest composers of last century. And of all time. And no discussion need be... > Read more

BLUE NOTE'S BRUCE LUNDVALL INTERVIEWED (2005). Riding high on a Blue Note

BLUE NOTE'S BRUCE LUNDVALL INTERVIEWED (2005). Riding high on a Blue Note

The most powerful man in jazz sits in his office six floors above Fifth Avenue, New York. He's smiling. Business is good. Bruce Lundvall -- who began his career at Columbia Records with a hip... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Bugotak: Kon Togethy (2006)

Bugotak: Kon Togethy (2006)

We could fill the bottomless black hole that is From the Vaults with just oddball versions of Beatles songs. (So far we have been restrained, just Laibach, cartoon character Elmer Fudd and the... > Read more

Bill Elliot and the Elastic Oz Band: God Save Us (1971)

Bill Elliot and the Elastic Oz Band: God Save Us (1971)

The problem with political songs is that so often they are merely sloganeering and headlines. Fine print and nuance can't make it into a three minute song. Still, there's nothing quite like a... > Read more