ALEXANDER HAWKINS – ELAINE MITCHENER QUARTET
Neil Charles: Double Bass
Stephen Davis: Drums, Percussion
Alexander Hawkins: Piano
Elaine Mitchener: Voice
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1. Why Is Love Such a Funny Thing? 2:16
2. The Miracle · You 7:04
3. UpRoot 8:57
4. If You Say So 4:43
5. Blasé 2:48
6. OM-SE · Environment Music 13:23
7. Joy 3:57
8. Directives · Walk Nicely · I’ll Meet You There 6:10
All compositions by Alexander Hawkins, except ‘Why Is Love Such a Funny Thing?’ (Patty Waters);
‘The Miracle’ (Jeanne Lee); ‘Blasé’ (Archie Shepp); ‘Directives’ (Elaine Mitchener); and ‘If You Say So’
(Charles/Davis/Hawkins/Mitchener). Hawkins published by Big Life/In All Seriousness Music Ltd.;
Charles/Davis/Mitchener by PRS. Lyrics by the composers, except ‘UpRoot’ (Lyn Hejinian), ‘Environment
Music’ (Emily Co), and ‘I’ll Meet You There’ (Rumi, trans. Coleman Barks).
Recorded April 19, 20, 2017, at Fish Factory Studios, London, by Benedic Lamdin.
Mixed by Benedic Lamdin. Mastered by Alex Bonney.
Liner notes: Brian Morton. Photos: Dawid Laskowski, Roberto Cifarelli.
Cover art & graphic design: Jonas Schoder.
Produced by Alexander Hawkins/Elaine Mitchener and Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt.
Intakt CD 297 / 2017
This quartet represents the collaboration of two of the most distinctive voices of their generation, and stakes out a remarkable common ground from the pair’s vast range of influences and experience. The repertoire fuses Elaine Mitchener’s unique way with both melody and abstraction, with Alexander Hawkins’ idiosyncratic compositional and pianistic world; as well as spotlighting reimaginings of a small number of beautiful Jazz tunes which reveal the influence of precursors such as Jeanne Lee and Archie Shepp. Structurally, the group with Neil Charles on bass and Stephen Davis on drums function as complete equals, veering radically from the traditional norm of ‘singer plus rhythm section’, instead treating this as only one possible dynamic amongst many.
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