Mercury Concert

Veryan Weston

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Mercury Concert Review

by Steve Loewy

One of the factors that makes Weston's style so interesting is that his often highly charged approach is free of Cecil Taylor's influence. Weston absorbs diverse influences from both jazz and the modern classical aesthetic, producing an eclectic blend that delivers a requisite "kick" interspersed with moments of quietude. His partners, bassist John Edwards and percussionist Mark Sanders, blend nicely, and the unit delivers a highly synchronized product. Weston keeps the three pieces ("Longer Piece," "Shorter Piece," and "Slightly Longer than Shorter Piece") moving with continually developing and shifting fragments, erupting in momentary (and sometimes extended) explosions, while Sanders and Edwards never miss a beat. Digitally recorded live in concert, the sound is surprisingly and pleasantly crisp.

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