Dominic Ingham
Role Models
(dominicingham.com)
★★★★

YOUNG Wakefield-born violinist Dominic Ingham went to Guildhall School of Music and has played in bands such as Bonsai and Johnny Mansfield’s Elftet. Created by crowdfunding, Role Models is his first album and musical power and invention flow out of his bow.

His solo curls and winds on a title track in which David Swan’s piano crackles and on Full Mansfield’s keening vibes duets with Ingham’s wordless voice before his violin turns skywards.

Throughout, Will Sach’s bass and Boz Martin-James’s drums colour the rhythmic pulse and ground Ingham’s singing strings.

In Phones, Ingham then Mansfield zip through their phrases and Daydream is a track of beautifully crafted ensemble lethargy. Bottles finds Swan’s artistry in dexterous empathy with Mansfield’s jumping notes and Passport takes listeners to a newfoundland of sonic discovery.

All in all, a sparkling debut.

Gordon Grdina Septet
Resist
(Irabbagast Records)
★★★★

“Xenophobia, homophobia and racism are raising their heads again… I want to dedicate this music to everybody who is fighting against these ideas. Making art is a political act.”

So declares Vancouver-based guitarist and oud virtuoso Gordon Grdina and his album Resist crystallises his words in powerfully relevant and inventive sounds, with the 23-minute title track a compelling essay on the era of Trump, Johnson and Bolsonaro.

With tenor and soprano saxophonist Jon Irabagon, a trio with Tommy Babin’s bass and Kenton Loewed’s drums, Grdina’s message of musical truth and hope resonates.

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