Redefining Element 78
Whirlwind Recordings | Visuals by Chris Lucas
Redefining Element 78 presents a new work by British pianist-composer Rebecca Nash – a distinct musical voice with a deep musical identity. Commissioned by Bristol Jazz Festival, this suite – a collection of eight pieces inspired by confluence of sound and science – is centred around precious metals: Platinum, Osmium, Rhodium, Iridium, Ruthenium, and Palladium.
The music emerged following Nash’s encounter with the writings of legendary New York alto saxophonist John O’Gallagher, who joins her on the album, alongside guitarist Jamie Leeming, trumpeter Nick Malcolm, bassist Paul Michael and drummer Matt Fisher. Electronics are provided by Nick Walters and Chris Mapp.
This album signals both a shift in direction, and a distillation of Nash’s 2019 release Peaceful King (Whirlwind Recordings) – an album admired for its rich harmonic language and sound worlds, that echo those of late Scriabin, Debussy, and Tavener.
The beauty, intimacy and creativity of the duo comes to the fore in this exquisite combination of singer Sara Colman and pianist Rebecca Nash.
Their long-standing relationship has honed a musical intuition that produces the misleadingly easy sounding but musically adventurous story telling of all good singer-musician relationships…
Nick and Rebecca have a long working history which reaches back over the last ten years.
Nick played a key role in the title track for Rebecca’s album, Peaceful King (released 2019), masterminding the electronic elements of that music…
Redefining Element 78 goes further than its fine predecessor. It is at once complex and welcoming. It renders complex musical ideas with abundant creativity and as much emotional heft as musical sophistication.
“Rebecca Nash continues to dazzle with Redefining Element 78. Her music just keeps on growing in authenticity and originality. And whatever her thinking behind the music she makes, there’s a clear identity and free spirit that soars in the recordings she makes. I love it with my head and my heart”
UK Vibe ★★★★
“Rebecca Nash delivers a compelling musical vision”
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