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La Sombra / Chip Wickham

Chip Wickham - La Sombra

Love Monk

You may be familiar with Flutist and Saxophonist Chip Wickham from from his funk and soul projects.  Among his various affiliations are The Fire Eaters, a group he formed with guitarist Eddie Roberts from The New Mastersounds. From there he went on to play in the Craig Charles Fantasy Funk band. Ultimately his journey would lead him towards the world of Jazz and a collaboration with trumpeter Matthew Halsall. He would proceed to perform on Halsall's debut "Sending My Love". Wickham and Halsall formed a friendship which led to collaborations with Nat Birchall Go Go Penguin and others. "La Sombra", his debut  is comprised of seven lush compositions inspired by his years of residency in Madrid. The title track opens the disc on a lovely note, a gentle ballad with a haunting piano intro. Wickham caresses the notes tenderly while drummer Antonio Pax subtle jabs on vibes is equally satisfying. "Red Planet" and "The Detour" are rousing pieces. Each are ignited by Pianist Gabri Casanova and fueled by bassist David Salvador providing the perfect canvas for Wickham's rich phrasings. Wickham's bandmates are assembled from Madrid's vibrant Jazz scene share his vision and passion. It's quite possible you'll get swept away by this superb recording.

Reg Dancy, 01/17