Album Title: Points of Perception Artist: Jonathan Bratoëff Quartet Catalogue no: F-IRECD14 Date of Release: 26/06/2006 Price: 9.99 GBP
French guitarist bratoeff is a F-IRE Collective member now living in London – and F-IRE luminaries such as Polar Bear’s pete wareham and seb Rochford, Jade Fox’s Pianist Nick Ramm, and new trumpet original Tom Arthurs perform his compositions on this intriguing set. Bratoeff has enlisted producer wampa to add drum programming and electronic effects, but rather than being nods to fashion these elements are integral to a musical imagination that thiks orchestrally.Bratoeff’s sounds as if they could be anything from Jim hall to wolfgand Muthspiel via john Scofiel, and the music sometimes touches on the lazily jazzy horn sound of polar bear and the curling melodies of Wayne Shorter. Spacey guitar, and the tenor-sax snort mingle with machine sounds on Shrinking World and Staring at Stars, Reverie is more of a jazz throwback, Dialectic is the funky push-and-pull the name implies, and idiom is a snaky post bop horn hustle over Rochford’s pin-sharp percussion.Occasionally a rhythm-section groove sounds as if it’s awaiting players who haven’t turn up, but Oskar Gudjonsson’s tenor sax is magnificient on the brooding Pond at Dusk, and pete wareham is wailing and coltraneish on the closing untitled. Imagintive 21st- century jazz.
(The Guardian - John Fordham)
Pete Wareham: Baritone sax, tenor sax , flute
Oskar Gujonsson: tenor sax
Tom Arthurs: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Nick Ramm: Rhodes, Nord lead analogue synth
Jonathan Bratoëff: Guitar
Tom Mason: Double bass, electric bass
Guy"Wampa: Wood: drums, electronics
Seb Rochford: drums
Special guest Julia Biel on vocal, Dj vital on turntable.
10/06/2005 John Forham, The Guardian
“Bratoëff is a real creator who has set himself a tough journey”. John Fordham The Guardian
July 2005 Kevin Le Gendre, Jazzwise
“Bratoëff has constructed urbane and enigmatic material that swings and grooves under the acoustic skin of a body electric. Zawinul and Shorter might sing along in a millennial Weather Report.”
Ian Mann 24dash.com
“The skill of the writing and arrangements becomes more apparent with each listening and seeing this music performed live only serves to heighten one's appreciation.”
“Points of perception is another intriguing album from the Collective, one that touches many bases to great effect.”
Recorded at Crouch hill by J Bratoëff, The Hole by Wampa, Steam room by John Wilkinson and E1 studios by Ben Fitzgerald, London UK.
Mixed by Chris Lewis, Wampa and J Bratoëff, October 2005.
Mastered by Chris Lewis