Advertisement
Advertisement

Dominic Ingham: Role Models

In brief:
"While Didier Lockwood was an initial jazz inspiration, Ingham has long listened, not to further violinists, but rather to figures such as Michael Brecker and Pat Metheny"

This sparkling release, as lyrically fresh as it is striking dynamically and rhythmically, is the debut album from British violinist Ingham. The overall quality of the music would suggest widely experienced musicianship: Ingham has toured extensively in a variety of contexts in the UK and Europe, performing to acclaim at venues and festivals such as Ronnie Scott’s, The Barbican, Love Supreme and the EFG London Jazz Festival.

His assured technique and lovely, singing tone perhaps owe something to an early folk and classical background, as also his capacity for cogent transitions in compositional structure and dynamics: sample the title track, Phones (which features a limpid and haunting improvised Intro by pianist Swan) or Bottles.

Advertisement

While Didier Lockwood was an initial jazz inspiration, Ingham – who can really burn when he wants to, as on the potent title track and Passport – has long listened, not to further violinists, but rather to figures such as Michael Brecker and Pat Metheny. Currently he finds much to inspire him in the playing and compositions of trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and saxophonist Walter Smith III.

Ingham has put together a first-class quintet to interpret this arresting suite of his lucidly crafted and characterful pieces. Swan and Mansfield evince a spot-on understanding, their joint, uncrowded linear elegance and drive and poetic sense of space beautifully underpinned by Sach. Mansfield’s overall dynamic alertness indicates why he won the Kenny Wheeler Prize in 2018 and the mix of power and finesse in drummer Martin-Jones impresses equally: hear the economy with which he measures the poised and pellucid moods of Fall or the multi-dimensional storm he kicks up on the concluding Passport.

If any proof were needed that jazz is alive and (very) well in 2020, Role Models is it. You can sample Ingham’s vibrant world at dominicingham.com or on YouTube, including a lovely version of Fall recorded at St Marks, Hamilton Terrace in Maida Vale.

Find out more about Dominic Ingham at dominicingham.com

Discography
Role Models; Fall; Pj’s; Intro To Phones; Phones; Daydreaming; Bottles; Passport (43.06)
Ingham (vn); Jonny Mansfield (vib); David Swan (p); Will Sach (b); Boz Martin-Jones (d). London, 18 & 19 May 2019.
Ingham Records INGHAMO1

Latest audio reviews

Advertisement

More from this author

Advertisement

Jazz Journal articles by month

Advertisement

Elliot Galvin: Live In Paris At Foundation Louis Vuitton

Elliot Galvin’s recorded work to date has been rooted within a number of collaborative projects: with Laura Jurd’s Mercury-nominated quartet Dinosaur, a free jazz...
Advertisement

Obituary: Charlie Watts

The life of Charlie Watts is, like those of the other members of the Rolling Stones, well documented. But there was the side of...
Advertisement

Brian Auger: bridging the gap

Born two months before the outbreak of World War II, Brian grew up in London during the Blitz. "I grew up with a pianola in...
Advertisement

Life Through The Eyes Of A Jazz Journalist – Scott Yanow

Mr Yanow's jazz memoirs include long interviews with Freddie Hubbard, Maynard Ferguson and Chick Corea and a portrait of Roland Kirk
Advertisement

Bolden

I learned everything I know about Buddy Bolden from Hear Me Talkin’ To Ya, the one indispensable book about jazz from soup to nuts,...
Advertisement

JJ 05/59: Gene Ammons – Funky

From Gene Ammons we expect modern jazz in a booting, free-blowing, noisy tradition - and here we get it, starting with guitarist Kenny Burrell's...
Dominic Ingham: Role Models"While Didier Lockwood was an initial jazz inspiration, Ingham has long listened, not to further violinists, but rather to figures such as Michael Brecker and Pat Metheny"