Saturday, October 18, 2014

Allison Au Quartet The Sky Was Pale Blue, Then Grey

Allison Au Quartet | The Sky Was Pale Blue, Then Grey Allison Au takes the harmonic path of least resistance with her impressive debut, The Sky Was Blue, Then Grey.

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Allison Au's The Sky Was Pale Blue, Then Grey is an aptly titled debut release that pulls subtle and carefully nuanced colors from a rather extensive palette of textures and lyrical shading that could stand alongside any of her contemporaries in the United States. A Canadian treasure that does a lyrical exploratory pushing the boundaries of modern jazz and embracing a realm of possibilities within her ensemble. Seven originals make up this stellar debut, unheard of!

The Sky Was Pale Blue, Then Grey garnered a Juno-Award nomination which comes as no surprise. Fresh compositions that come from an ethereal base line of exploration include "Birdy" while the Latin vibe of "The Bridge At Night" is a showcase for the collective versatility of the group. The title track is a most adventurous look at an ambient sound with changing meters and integrating the human voice in a fashion that you may well have never experienced.

From a compositional perspective, Au is a beast while artistically her technical command of her instrument should make most long time aficionados take a serious look at a rising star.

Tracks: Birdy; The Bridge At Night; La-Da-Dee; What Went With The Wind; Tired Face; The Orchid; The Sky Was Pale Blue, Then Grey.
Personnel: Allison Au: Alto Saxophone; Todd Pentney: Piano, Rhodes, Hammond B3; Jon  Maharaj: Acoustic and Electric Bass; Fabio Ragnelli: Drums, Percussion; Felicity Williams: Voice.