The Near Jazz Experience - Nought to 60 (Record Store Day 2021)
Catalogue No.: FIT083LP
Release Date: 12th June 2021
LP black vinyl with Download Code. Ltd. Edition of 500. “Free-spirited rapture” Gareth Thompson RNR Magazine Nov 2020. A statement of intent from The NJE. Spirit of Indo takes up the whole first side of their RSD 2021 mini-album - and it certainly doesn’t outstay it’s welcome. Improvised over a gently incessant yet soporific loop, bassist Mark Bedford and drummer Simon Charterton fall in and out of grooves while multi-instrumentalist Terry Edwards deftly moves between saxes, trumpet and melodica to invent topline melodies within that comfortable straitjacket. As the track progresses bigger instrumentation is suggested by the tunes - and so the track builds with more horns and percussion, the resulting climax making way for the comforting loop to bring us back down to the start. Side 2 opens with an instrumental version of Bowie’s Five Years, even more pared down than Edwards’ previous take on the tune for a John Peel session in the nineties. Bedders’ acoustic and electric basses weave around each other while Simon’s understated cymbal-work buoys up the fragile melodica melody. Tizita raises the tempo slightly and is inspired by Ethiopian jazz-legend Mulatu Astatke who Terry had the pleasure of working with a few years back. Title track Nought to 60 is driven by Teutonic beats on electronic Wave drum, a Motorik bassline and heavily effected saxes which thunder towards the buffers - after which you’ll want to flip the album and start all over again.
Tracklisting Side 1 : 1 Spirit of Indo. Side 2 1 Five Years 2 Tizita 3 Nought to 60