PATRICK CORNELIUS - ACADIA: WAY OF THE CAIRNS [White/ Black Vinyl)]
Cat. no: WR4766LP
Format: LP2 (White/ Black Vinyl)
Release Date: 6th November 2020
Over the course of eighteen years living in New York City, Patrick Cornelius has earned a substantial reputation as a saxophonist, composer, solo artist and educator, and created an impressive body of work comprised of nine albums as a leader, featuring some of the finest musicians from the global jazz and improvised music scene.
Now for ‘Way of the Cairns’ he reunites a ‘TransAtlantic Collective’ of like minded musicians for a brand-new project of original compositions. Fourteen years ago, Cornelius and bassist (and Whirlwind label boss) Michael Janisch teamed up with Luxembourgish drummer Paul Wiltgen and virtuoso Estonian pianist Kristjan Randalu for a tour that turned into a band that turned into a recording project that delivered, in Cornelius’ own words, “some of the best musical experiences I’ve ever had”.
This new music takes inspiration from his experiences of hiking with his growing family among the untamed wilderness of Maine’s Acadia National Park. The band delivers an outstanding set of first and second-take performances that combine the heat of New York’s jazz scene with the depth and subtlety of the European jazz tradition to create a set of recordings that are accessible and melodic, but as powerful and compelling as the landscapes that inspired them.
Though Cornelius is leader and principal writer, Way of the Cairns is very much the sound of a collective - “My idea was to feature the band as the lead voice, rather than myself. There’s a definite chemistry here - not super-straight ahead but not avant-garde either - embracing the European aesthetic, but with the ability to swing hard as well - that’s the unique magic of this band.”
The inspiration from Cornelius’ favourite landscapes that underlies the compositions, combined with the special rapport between the players, gives the album a powerful, highly characterful unity that makes this a stand-out release. Personnel: Patrick Cornelius (alto saxophone), Kristjan Randalu (piano), Michael Janisch (double bass), Paul Wiltgen (drums)
Tracks: Way Of The Cairns / Star Party / Blueberry Mountain / Seawall Sunrise / Darkest Night / Valse H sitante / Personal Beehives / On The Precipice / Ten Years Later