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Byline: PETER BACON

Jazz Still Waters Tim Amann xTet They run deep, according to the old saying, and the Midlands-based pianist and composer certainly makes it easy with the tunes he writes for his improvisers to get beneath the surface to investigate what lies below.

The linked opening tracks take us from pastoral serenity to upbeat Latin overtones, while In Your Footsteps/Solstice gets one of the band's live favourites recorded at last. In Hope And Faith builds up a fine funky head of steam. Some nice watery sound effects link the album together.

The band has Amann's long-time Walsall Jazz Orchestra partners, bassist Adam Gilchrist and drummer Carl Hemmingsley, while in the frontline are trumpeter Ray Butcher and saxophonist Sam Rogers. Shelia MacRory adds flute on a few tracks and sings the traditional The Maid of Culmore to her own tune.There's sterling work from all concerned, with Butcher and Rogers in particular getting to those emotional depths.

PETER BACON
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jun 2, 2011
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