Veteran and protege of the M-BASE school of arithmetic jazz-funk, keyboardist Andy Milne has been carving out a respectable, distinctive career on the fringes of the jazz mainstream. His latest handmade album is a souffle of intricate groove-making tracks and vocal detours, a merger of groove-driven jazz, hip hop, and pop, aiming at Something New. Milne plays with a secret blend of precision and rangy inventiveness, sometimes recalling Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi period, stirred in with M-BASE calculations. The secret star here is drummer Mark Prince, who navigates said sliced-and-diced rhythms with captivating ease.
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