Where We Were

by Alex Ward Item 4

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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.
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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.

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released March 23, 2020

Double Bass – Otto Willberg
Drums – Andrew Lisle
Electric Guitar, Clarinet – Alex Ward
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Charlotte Keeffe

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NYC-based independent record label specializing in avant-garde, free jazz, free improvisation, experimental.

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