Nat Birchall - InvocationJazzman Records
Tenor Saxophonist Nat Birchall's latest release and first for Jazzman Records follows the lineage of Coltrane, Albert Ayler and Pharoah Sanders. Birchall's authoritative voice soars over a superb collection of spiritual jazz compositions penned by himself. "Song to The divine Mother", the opening track builds with a heighten intensity ignited by Birchall before drummer Johnny Hunter sets the table and keeps a tight rhythm throughout. Pianist Adam Fairhall melodic excursions shines brightly on "A Luta continua" and "Njozi". The rest of Birchall's supporting cast provide an understated yet firm presence throughout. Bassist Tim Fairhall lays down solid bass lines and percussionist Christian Weaver makes periodic splashes. "Invocation" is a call to the spirits past and present. It is through the enchanting Tenor voice of Birchall that you'll find pure joy with the response.
Reg Dancy, 12/15