Curlew - Meet The Curlews
Few avant/electric jazz bands have maintained as high a quality of work over as long a career over two decades thus far as Curlew. Saxist/leader/main composer George Cartwright's compositions for Curlew are at once direct and mysterious, possessing a clarity and focus that show both Ellington and Ornette assimilated in the most unique way. They provide room for the bands individual members ace players all to stretch out, improvise and leave their imprint. Curlews sound has therefore evolved with each new lineup. "Meet the Curlews" features long-time members Cartwright and guitarist Davey Williams as well as new members bassist Fred Chalenor (Wayne Horvitz's Pigpen, Hughscore), drummer Bruce Golden and pianist Chris Parker, whose contributions swing the genre-busting band more firmly into the realm of jazz. The eighth brilliant album by the band that The Wire called "...one hell of a group", and who Option referred to as "...the best and most obstinately commited band to emerge from New York's Knitting Factory based alternative music scene...