Tom Arthurs: Trumpet, Flugel Horn
Benoît Delbecq: Piano
Thom Gossage: Drums
Miles Perkin: Bass
"The music Miles Perkin has recorded here is truly
a touchstone for where:
composition and improvisation, silence and sound, tension and release, band leader and ensemble
music that presents itself in a way that is both graceful and cool without the need to impress upon the listener anything more than the wisdom of the music's own intention.
Join me in experiencing a world where
tone, timbre, idea and invention
The world of the Miles Perkin Quartet"
-Greg Cohen (bassist, producer)
Reviews are in!
Concert Review: ALL ABOUT JAZZ
(FIMAV, Victoriaville 2012) "There are many ways to weigh a music festival, and one that might be a bit too demanding a measure is perfection. Perfection can be fleeting, and is too nebulous to really pin down.
There were several moments of perfection during the 2012 FIMAV, but one stands out as the sort of thing it often takes a such festival to pull together.
Manitoba-born, Berlin-based bassist Miles Perkin convened a quartet with British trumpeter Tom Arthurs, French pianist Benoit Delbecq and Canadian drummer Thom Gossage that delivered pure and serene abstraction. The music was soft and beautifully intricate, accented by mellow flugelhorn and subtle piano preparations. They played open-ended compositions with open improvisation; they played something like jazz and something like new music; and they played together with never a misstep.
The point of a term like musique actuelle, or "music of the present," is to defy definition, but there could be worse things than if the Miles Perkin Quartet was offered up, by way of example, as a definition of the art."
-Kurt Gottschalk - All About Jazz
Album Review: MONTREAL MIRROR
" Despite the line-up of trumpet (Tom Arthurs), piano (Benoît Delbecq), bass (Perkin) and drums (Thom Gossage), the textures borrow as much from contemporary classical, electroacoustic and gamelan music as they do jazz. The piano is often prepared, meshing with rustling percussion that rarely settles into a fixed beat. Low-key, sophisticated and ECM spacey, the slow tempos and contemplative mood shield a restless tension. A seamless blend of composition and improvisation, exotic and gracefully modern. 9/10"
-Lawrence Joseph - Montreal Mirror
Album Review: MONSSIEUR DELIRE Jan 19 2012
Le contrebassiste Miles Perkin, qui partage son temps entre Montréal et Berlin, vient de lancer cette autoproduction qui méritait une place de choix dans un catalogue prestigieux. Musique actuelle s’inspirant du jazz ECM, mais allant au-delà, dans un univers d’écriture personnel, où les mélodies sont déconstruites sans perdre leur charme. Perkin est accompagné du batteur montréalais Thom Gossage (collaborateur de longue date), du trompettiste brittannique Tom Arthurs et du pianiste français Benoit Delbecq. Une musicalité incroyable, un alignement parfait entre un compositeur ayant trouvé sa voie et des musiciens capables de la suivre.
Bassist Miles Perkin, who splits his time between Montréal and Berlin, has just self-released this gem which deserves a place on a prestigious label. Creative music drawing inspiration from ECM jazz but moving further, into a highly personal compositional world where melodies are deconstructed but retain their charm. Perkin’s quartet includes Montréal drummer Thom Gossage (a long-time partner), UK trumpeter Tom Arthurs, and French pianist Benoit Delbecq. Incredible musicality, and a perfect alignment between a composer who has find his path and musicians fully capable of following him.
-Francois Couture MONSSIEUR DELIRE
released January 10, 2012
produced by Miles Perkin
recorded May 3, 4 & 5 at the Jazz Institut Berlin
sound pickup: Greg Cohen, Benoît Delbecq, Miles Perkin
recording engineer: Rene Decker
mixed at Fast Forward, Montreal by Rob Heaney
mastering by Miles Perkin
photos, layout and design by Berit Jentzsch and Miles Perkin
all tracks composed by Miles Perkin (SOCAN 2011)
except tracks 4 & 9 composed in real-time by the ensemble
Double bassist, improviser, composer, songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist, musical explorer. From the Canadian
prairies, the big sky and wide open landscapes have forever permeated his music. He uses a combination of conventional, extended and invented techniques along with unconventional tools to extract a vast palate of sounds from his bass....more