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Trumpeter Rory Simmons’ ambitious compositions inject the jerky angles of contemporary UK jazz into the dense, modern-classical textures of a 12-piece ensemble that includes woodwind and strings.
This album adds wisps of electronica to capture the surrealism of breakdown and alienation on pieces inspired more by literature than jazz – Don Dellilo, T.S. Elliot and Douglas Coupland all get a mention. There are three vocal tracks – two folksy, one blank-versed and raw – and the soundscapes are somewhat bleak. Jasper Høiby’s bass and bucolic cheer add warmth.