Excellent early reviews for Mike Fletcher’s Vuelta

[extended_width] Mike FletcherSome great early reviews have landed from Jazzwise magazine, Peter Bacon’s Jazz Breakfast, The Birmingham Post and thejazzmann.com for Mike Fletcher’s new album ‘Vuelta’ …

“Richly melodic originals … a real treat”
Jazzwise (full review below)

“Mike Fletcher  Trio hit the ground running.”
Marlbank

“… a free-wheeling, experimental atmosphere and real vibrancy … they dance together with a light and elegant step … a tribute to the strength of Fletcher’s writing.”
The Jazz Breakfast / The Birmingham Post
(click here for the full review)

“Cooly elegant … typically subtle … atmospheric and emotive.  Lovely.”
TheJazzMann.com
(click here for the full review)

Jazzwise March 2015

Mike Fletcher Trio
Vuelta
Stoney Lane Records SLR1931 ★★★

Following Birmingham-based saxophonist Mike Fletcher’s graduation from his home town’s conservatoire in 2005, he formed a big band, the Mike Fletcher Jazz Orchestra, which went on to collaborate with New York scenesters Andrew D’Angelo and Dan Weiss.  Then in 2013 he joined the European Jazz Orchestra for a lengthy tour on the continent.  In complete contrast for his debut CD he chooses a skeletal trio of sax-bass-drums, the band he formed early last year that toured with the help of the ECHO Rising Stars programme.  Fletcher’s playing on the unusual C melody sax is primarily from the cool school and breathily Lee Konitz-like in the way he develops with patience and spatial awareness, the narrative of his richly melodic originals.  He has an attractive dry tone on the flute too, which he plays on ‘A Dino’, a track that recalls something of the free-floating, folky spiritual jazz vibe of Yusef Lateef.  The rhythm section features the upcoming double bassist Olie Brice, more regularly seen in further left-field settings, but adding a whole lot of colour and support next to the experienced US-expat drummer Jeff Williams whose crisp, momentum building swing here is a real treat.
– Selwyn Harris

* The album is available from ProperMusic.com, Amazon.co.uk, and for download via iTunes.  You can also  buy/order Vuelta from your local independent record store.

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