The Dave Ingham Group: A Sea Of Green

In brief:
"At around 33 minutes, A Sea Of Green could almost be considered an EP, but length rarely defines quality, and this short but strong set has lots of that"

In its decade-long existence, the Dave Ingham Group – once known as Pangaea – has become a fixture on the East Anglian jazz scene. Its gigs typically contain a mix of Ingham originals and his arrangements of some classic compositions from the likes of Mingus and Desmond.

On this set, however, all five compositions are Ingham’s. As he explains: “Although still inspired by dance and movement, the use of asymmetric meter and a more minimalist approach takes [this set] further away for the dance floor and into more open spaces. The more spiritual and meditative elements of the music are brought out in some of our latest work.”

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Upstream kicks off proceedings in modal style, Ingham’s soprano Coltrane-like in its sinuous form, Azzy King’s drums an insistent force. Straw Dogs is more cinematic, Ingham uncoiling his soprano sax over a slow bass-led riff.

The centrepiece title track, at more than nine minutes by far the longest on the set, has an expectant feel to it, sounding at times a bit like one of Traffic’s longer songs (The Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys, I would suggest). Indeed, the entire set does have the slight feel of a gentle 1970s prog-rock outing, which is no bad thing.

Understated until now, guitarist Stephen Mynott gets some space to stretch out, casually bending his lines in a nicely spacey touch. Hometown Blues continues the languid feel established so far, Ingham showing off his tenor skills and Mynott his Joe Pass influences, while the concluding Race To The Stars bustles along urgently, helped by Mynott’s sonic interventions.

At around 33 minutes, A Sea Of Green could almost be considered an EP, but length rarely defines quality, and this short but strong set has lots of that.

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Discography
Upstream; Straw Dogs; A Sea of Green; Hometown Blues; Race to the Sun (33.29)
Ingham (s, bells, f); Stephen Mynott (elg); Vilem Hais (b); Azzy King (d, pc). Ingram: Canterbury, Kent; rhythm section: Beccles, Suffolk, c. 2020.
davidingham.co.uk

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