Photo by Tim Dickenson
The group takes its name from Mark’s critically acclaimed ‘In Deep’ CD that rocked the jazz world with its release in 2009. Posterity may come to regard In Deep as the key record of the second golden age of British Jazz
Tenor saxist Mark Lockheart, a former Loose Tubes member, is a familiar presence from the Polar Bear front line. But though this session reflects some aspects of that quartet’s offbeat, lugubrious lyricism and rhythmic ingenuity, In Deep is Lockheart’s own show. Gil Evans would have liked the slow theme developments of tracks such as Undercovers and Believe It Or Not, with their intensifying brass voicings rubbing at purring tenor-sax motifs. Long Way Gone is like an African jazz theme played in a sleepwalk, Not in My Name is a free-jazz tussle that falls back to a wistful piano interlude (the great Liam Noble at his most haunting) and then swells to a collective clamour, Snakeout and Nutter are rhythm jigsaws leaning on Dave Smith’s excellent drumming, and Jasper Hoiby’s bass is a decisive solo voice whenever he has the spotlight to himself. Lockheart picked the right title: that’s exactly where it takes you. ****
See the Wikipedia In Deep page here for more details about this album and its conception and recording.