"Baba" opens this album by British guitarist Patrick Naylor, with a middle eastern-tinged sax melody embellished with fast, acrobatic interplay between guitar and sax. Vocalist Stephanie O'Brien guests on the exquisitely executed song "Naggar" with elegant cello from Natalie Rozario, and this is all underpinned by graceful accordion from Daniel Teper.
On "Rifferama" Naylor's quiet yet confident approach to his instrument is apparent. He's not short of technique, allowing himself just enough flowing runs to demonstrate his chops. The title track, sung by Sara Mitra, is the sort of song that in an ideal world would top the charts, but is ironically just too tasteful and subtle. It opens with almost imperceptibly quiet triangle and majestic cello from Natalie Rozario who gives a magnificent solo too.
"Blue Morning" is a lengthy slinky bluesy workout, with a head arrangement and interspersed with a jam-like feel. "Waiting" is a quiet waltz with brushed snare drum and a resonant double bass solo from Alex Keen. The opening guitar work on "Restless" is most redolent of the under sung and under-recorded guitarist Amancio D'Silva, of Hum Dono fame, whose sensitive, almost gentle playing Naylor seems often to invoke.
A sax and guitar duet opens "Lost Song," arranged as a quartet piece with bass and drums. "After Dark" sees Naylor on acoustic guitar and Ian East playing the melody line. The short solo by Naylor here is reminiscent of John Abercrombie in feel and the piece is augmented by deft percussion and piano.
The final track "Vamp" offers a more extended yet restrained fuzz guitar solo from Naylor, who shows he is more than equal to the challenge of well-crafted and dextrous finger work.
Naylor's unique selling point is that despite his undoubted technical ability and imaginative delivery he doesn't use the guitar as a weapon; his band is guitar-led but not guitar-dominated and this is the crucial difference. His talent, as with Miles Davis, is to push other soloists forward into the limelight. However, when he does solo, Naylor acquits himself with flying colours. This excellent album, mostly written by Naylor but with some of the other musicians too, stays with the listener long after it's finished.
Track Listing: Baba; Naggar; Rifferama; Days of Blue; Blue Morning; Waiting; Restless; Lost Song; After Dark; Vamp
Personnel: Patrick Naylor: guitar; Ian East: sax; David Beebee: piano, bass; Milo Fell: drums; Natalie Rozario: cello; Dan Teper: accordion; Alex Keen: bass (tracks 5,6,7 and 9); Sophie Alloway: drums; Stephanie O'Brien: vocals; Sara Mitra: vocals.
released February 13, 2015
Ian East on sax, David Beebee on Piano and bass, Milo Fell on drums, Natalie Rozario on cello, Stephanie O'Brien vocals, Sara Mitra vocals, Dan Teper on accordion, Alex Keen on bass, Sophie Alloway on drums
Patrick has performed extensively as a guitarist and bandleader from Ronnie Scott's to Glastonbury. He's released 3 albums
of original compositions and also plays in The Gypsy Dreamers, Julian Costello 4tet and Viper's Dream. He also composes and plays for film and TV including the feature film "Things to do before you're 30" and many prime time TV shows and adverts....more
Track Name: Patrick Naylor featuring Stephanie O'Brien - Naggar
And if we look another way
Life in the mirror
Words said over again
Meaning more than we say
No-w we need more than just words
Just a beginning
Hearing sun on the snow
Feeling mountains below
Find me Naggar
Give me the pictures I knew in my soul
Find me my morning star
It's where the oceans meet
Heart to heart Head to feet
Did I leave Naggar? Let me keep Naggar.
Now I know we have come so far
We can go so far
If we've found Naggar
We have found our star