Joe Williamson speaks volumes on guitar, often in a leading role, but frequently in partnership with Peter Johnstone’s rippling, stream-of-consciousness statements on piano. Stephen Henderson on drums and David Bowden on bass bring intellect, measured thought and reasoned responses in a rhythm section with strong opinions of its own. The result on In Motion is a burgeoning creative ambition calibrated by musical poise.
"Imaginative compositional breadth, sparkling energy and nuanced elegance."
LONDON JAZZ NEWS
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© Square One 2017
In Motion is the debut album from award-winning Scottish quartet Square One. The elegant, affirmative 21st Century jazz you will hear on the album is highly melodic and tremendously engaging, full of movement, colour and electrifying energy, and fully justifies the attention they have received from informed commentators at the Glasgow Herald, Jazzwise magazine and the BBC.
“It's really a balanced group dynamic when we play together”, says Williamson, ''Over the course of preparing for the album, we were constantly revising and developing each others' music. The tunes as you'll hear them on the album are the best we've ever played them - and the music is still evolving with every performance!”
The ten pieces featured on the CD are sweeping in scope, and wide in terms of the sonic narratives. There are the gleaming melodic tonalities of guitar and piano in perfect synchrony, and sharp modern edges that are clear-cut and diamond hard. There is a lightness of touch in their approach to instrumental balladry, and they bring a confident, contemporary mind-set to bear on preconceptions about folk, blues, straight-ahead jazz and fusion. It is an accomplished debut, and an enormous forward step for a young and gifted quartet.
In Motion was funded by the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award, administered by Help Musicians UK. It was recorded at Castlesound Studios, Pencaitland, on 27th and 28th April with engineer Stuart Hamilton. Mixed by Gus Stirrat, mastered by Iain Hutchieson at Gloworm Recording. Artwork by Lizzy Doe.