His name was new to me but I bought his latest album after
reading a good review.
I listened many times to the beautiful record with Birchall and
his quartet, him playing a great sounding tenor saxophone.
I decided to get his earlier albums as well and I also recommended him
to a couple of friends, who got just as excited as me.
So we found this jazz musician playing in the tradition of John Coltrane but
with a very personal sound and with his own compositions.
On this new album the quartet use a Harmonium instead of
the traditional piano. I’ve always loved the sound of this instrument and
it works really well in this setting, together with the tenor saxophone.
It’s a strange instrument in a way,
maybe it’s my administrative background that makes me
dig an instrument that looks like someone’s playing
a small filing cabinet.
Hydra, September 2018