"British guitarist John Etheridge's musical associations are a real
slideshow - Django Reinhardt gypsy swing at one moment, Frank Zappa or Soft
Machine dedications at another. But this power trio, with Norwegian
double-bass virtuoso Arild Andersen and resourceful drummer John Marshall,
is his supergroup. Recorded live at Soho's Pizza Express last January, this
muscular and sometimes brusquely lyrical set embraces the brooding
free-swing merged with a Mediterranean folksy animation of Andersen's
Infinite Distance, the raw funk of Etheridge's Pump Room and the ambient,
Terje Rypdal-inflected electronic sighs and whispers of Distant Voice.
Etheridge ballads such as Moreover beautifully exploit the mix of his
singing long notes and Andersen's luxuriously humming bass sound, and the
title track is a barging swinger with clipped, laconic guitar bursts. It's
not just for guitar buffs, though - but a raunchy hook and theme-packed
conversation between world-class improvisers.
John Fordham, Friday November 30 2007. The Guardian
IN HOUSE - LIVE IN LONDON (DYO25)
"In the company of such great musicians as bass virtuoso Arild Andersen and drum legend John Marshall, Etheridge gives a masterclass in the art of contemporary guitar playing"
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