Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Tim Ries - Life Changes, album review

Daughters and Other Inspirations

Tim Ries and Grégoire Maret - saxophone and harmonica: what a wonderful combination on a range of tracks, like As it Happens, the move from a melodically rich harmonica solo to a scorching sax follow-on, this then thundered further with drums by Jack DeJohnette, then sax and harp to merge sweetly as a duet at the end. This and so much else make for an outstanding whole album.

I will just mention a beautiful early favourite which is Eliana's Song, this named after one of Ries' three daughters, with Bill Frisell on glorious guitar. The family focus doesn't end there. We also have another daughter name-checked in Bella's Lullaby, a jazz 'standard' lovingly sung by third daughter Jasia who gets her own familial and musical hug with Jasia's Snow Day, Maret on harp with Ries accompanying on alto flute.

Closer Life Changes reprise is a looping gem. A lovely album you can listen to and get here.


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