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A gathering of global sounds; JAZZ.

THERE'S an attractive double-bill at Warwick Arts Centre on Sunday, featuring a pair of jazz bands that harbour a love of global sounds. Indeed, one of them, Interplay, have recently released an album that's actually titled Global. The other outfit, Sonrisa, infuse their repertoire with Latin sounds.

Leamington bass player Adrian Litvinoff's five-piece Interplay also concern themselves with a Cuban-flavoured sound on some numbers, not so much in an attempt at authenticity, but merging this influence with a jazz soloing approach. They also display traces of African and Indian vocabularies.

Litvinoff plays both acoustic upright and electric basses, but is also something of a multiinstrumentalist, playing piano, guitar, drums and saxophone.

As if this wasn't sufficient, he writes and arranges original material.

Litvinoff formed Interplay back in 2007 and it still features the original line-up of saxophonist/ flautist Alan Wakeman, trombonist Richard Baker, pianist Neil Hunter and drummer Dave Balen.

Their debut disc came out in 2010 and Global was released at the end of last year.

Wakeman's breezily thoughtful flute wafts by on one tune, then he's darting sensitively on soprano saxophone for the next piece, alongside Baker's heated trombone weaving. Balen also sits in front of the tabla on a tune called Weightless and slaps a Middle Eastern goblet drum on Imam.

Sonrisa (previously known as Lament) also look beyond Latin to Brazilian, Arabic and gypsy musics, fronted by a singer and trumpeter, flanked by a pair of acoustic guitarists, with a conguero percussionist setting up the grooves behind them.

MAEY
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