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Everything We Hold / Kairos 4Tet

Kairos 4Tet - Everything We Hold

Naim Jazz

“Everything We Hold” is the third release from Kairos 4Tet and their first for Naim Jazz. Saxophonist Adam Waldmann demonstrates that he’s a gifted composer with a keen ear for melody. The quartet’s cohesion mirrors a veteran band that is focused more on strong lyrical and imaginative compositions as opposed to wasted soloing. This is quite evident on selections like the tender “Narrowboat Man” filled with classical elements and augmented by the voices of Emila Martensson and Marc O’Reilly. “Song for the Open Road” is a haunting folk flavored tune that demonstrates that Soul singer Omar seemingly fits in just about any kind of setting and flourishes. These vocal compositions are surrounded by the “99 Suite”. Inspired by injustices and the need for social change, the suite is divided into four parts in which there are melodic excursions led by pianist Ivo Neame while drummer Jon Scott creates just enough space for others to explore. You won’t find many releases this year that are filled with creative and emotive compositions filled with heartfelt lyrics. Waldmann pulls this off and delivers one of the strongest Jazz releases of the year.  

Reg Dancy, 06/13