Partikel's String Theory is receiving reviews throughout Europe
Partikel's third album has been receiving rave reviews from the jazz press throughout mainland Europe. Here is a review from Germany's leading jazz magazine JAZZthing.
Translation - Despite the play on words with "string theory" and "particle," there are no physicists at work here. In the title of their third album, the UK trio of Duncan Eagles is simply punning with the particular instrumentation which the saxophonist - and his colleagues Max Luthert on bass and Eric Ford on drums - have been using. A string quartet led by Benet McLean strengthens the offering. The bombastic rowdiness that they kick up at the beginning of the album points in the direction of late 70s jazz-rock. There are also a few more scrunchy passages typical of this kind of journey back in time which crop up later. Nevertheless, the trio also savours newer sounds which head off in much more open directions.
There are also good-spirited shifts in beat and rhythm for the listener to stumble over, and chances to wallow in the gentle caress of elegant chamber music. McLean contributes some utterly beautiful solos with the stripped-down accompaniment of just tabla and bass.
Ranging from swiftly dispatched mainstream bop to some elegant and subtle dubstep, and an opulent full-works string section, Partikel and their guests have wandered far, and reached some fascinating destinations. There are plenty of ideas here which could easily lead to further cooperations.
Review by Uli Lemke from Jazz thing 110, September 2015. Translation by Sebastian Scotney