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"Where We Were" marks the debut of Alex Ward Item 4, a quartet with Otto Willberg, Andrew Lisle, and Charlotte Keeffe. As is customary for Ward, the music covers a broad stylistic base, weaving intricate and often highly emotive composed themes into a freewheeling improvisatory landscape. "Where We Were" reveals a kinship with the extended energy curves of free jazz, but also hints at Ward's avant-rock leanings. The album was recorded during two live performances in London during September 2018.
Newly formed, Alex Ward’s Item 4 is a quartet consisting of Alex Ward on clarinet and guitar, Charlotte Keeffe on trumpet and flugelhorn, Otto Willberg on double bass, and Andrew Lisle on drums. In contrast with Item 10, a ten piece ensemble which concentrates mostly on composition, Item 4 aims to give room to all the musicians to improvise (both collectively and individually) while Ward’s interference as a composer is minimal. Keeffe’s fragile presence with her egoless contributions highlights the close listening of the group’s interactions. There is energy but without the typical high volume. Ward’s clarinet leads the group into more melodic territory, while his electric guitar results in a more aggressive and fragmented interactions. A very strong debut.
released March 23, 2020
Double Bass – Otto Willberg
Drums – Andrew Lisle
Electric Guitar, Clarinet – Alex Ward
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Charlotte Keeffe
Total mastery of patience, time, and drama create a constantly engaging journey that never gets tiresome or same-y: in fact the harder you listen the better it gets! Somehow Sorey et al. find a way to combine the deep listening and spontaneous interaction of the best jazz with the sense of every tone and sound being worth a universe of listening, which could be equally from Cage and Feldman or the accompaniment to an ancient ritual.
The recording/engineering is absolutely perfect as well. Giles
Mary Halvorson is a genius composer and guitarist who has developed her own musical language, and with Code Girl she has incorporated poetry into that language. Incredible compositions and lyricism (each track is a different kind of poem). Halvorson's playing is as great as usual, and all the other members of the band sound great. Robert Wyatt's singing in particular works extremely well in the tracks he's featured. Highly, highly recommend. rat