The second Mark Wade Trio CD release, Moving Day, is now available worldwide through Mark Wade Music. The album is being re-released in Europe on January 24th, 2020 on AMP Music & Records.
Preston Frazier of Something Else Reviews voted Moving Day the best jazz album of 2018. Moving Day was called “…one of the most interesting piano trio albums of the year” by Marco Cangiano of the New York City Jazz Record and picked by journalist and author Sammy Stein as one of the top albums of 2018 for the Jazz Journalists Association. HI FI Trends also picked Moving Day as one of the best of 2018. International and domestic reviews have been very positive. You can check out the promo video for the release below:
Mark Wade’s bass steps with an almost cruel, emphatic pulse beneath Tim Harrison’s stubborn piano loop as the title track of Wade’s new album Moving Day. As the song builds over drummer Scott Neumann’s increasingly bustling yet subtle implied-triplet groove, it takes on a cinematic sweep not unlike Amina Figarova’s musical travelogues. The bandleader’s growling, tireless propulsion eventually hits a dancing pulse as Harrison lightens and loosens.
The bass on this album is especially well recorded, considering that Wade typically plays with a sinewy, almost gravelly tone that’s well-suited to his restlessly shapeshifting compositions. The second track is Wide Open. With its hard-charging drive fueled by Harrison’s left hand, often in tandem with the bass, it wouldn’t be out of place on a recent Orrin Evans album. The Bells opens as a somberly majestic waltz ringing with uneasy modal lines and Debussy-esqe close harmonies, drawing its inspiration from Wade hearing churchbells in the south of France, out of tune and sync with each other. Like the album’s opening track, it brightens considerably, punctuated by Wade’s minimalist solo.
Another Night in Tunisia is the familiar favorite chugging along over a series of rhythmic shifts: having just heard Dave Douglas completely radicalize the song, it’s impressive to hear how well this holds it own alongside it. The album’s other cover, Autumn Leaves, benefits from a terse bass solo and some deliciously enigmatic reharmonizing that Harrison lets linger as his lefthand jabs, hard: he’s a voice we ought to hear more of. His stately chords open Something of a Romance with plenty of gravitas, followed by a mighty buildup of a wave from the rhythm section, some jauntily chugging wee-hour swing, a spacious, cantabile solo from Wade and then a return to rising tides. The similarly crescendoing, picturesque Midnight in the Cathedral imagines the crowds and music there from over the centuries: swelling multitudes and maybe a wedding as Neumann shuffles on the cymbals and Wade leaps and bounds around an old Gregorian chant theme that Rachmaninoff used more than once.
The New Orleans shout-out The Quarter offers irrepressibly cheery, catchy contrast. The album winds up with In the Fading Rays of Sunlight, a portrait of a particularly glorious end to the day that follows a clever series of glistening downward trajectories. Needless to say, compositions and a band this good would resonate with the crowds at Smalls and Jazz at Lincoln Center. – Lucid Culture (2018)
1. Moving Day | 2. Wide Open | 3. The Bells | 4. Another Night in Tunisia | 5. Something of a Romance | 6. Autumn Leaves | 7. Midnight in the Cathedral | 8. The Quarter | 9. In the Fading Rays of Sunlight
Tim Harrison – Piano | Mark Wade – Bass | Scott Neumann – Drums
Release Date: Re-Release Jan 2020
Format: CD | Digital
Label: AMP Music & Records
Last modified: March 26, 2020