Slowly Rolling Camera: Where the Streets Lead

Rating: ★★★★

Record and Artist Details

Musicians:

Sachal Vasandani (v)
Chris Potter (ts)
Lionel Handy (clo)
Jasper Høiby (b)
Jenni Curiel (vn)
Mark Lockheart (ts, ss)
Victoria Stapleton (vn)
Verneri Pohjola (t)
Elliot Bennett (d)
Jon Visanji (vn)
Rob Tuson (vla)
Deri Roberts (elec)
Dave Stapleton (ky, p, syn)
Stuart McCallum (g)
Linda Kidwell (vla)
James Toll (vn)
Phil Daish-Handy (clo)

Label:

Edition Records

October/2021

Media Format:

LP, CD, DL, cass

Catalogue Number:

EDN1176

RecordDate:

2020

Eight years since their initial emergence and five releases in, Slowly Rolling Camera have been characterised at various points in their progress as a ‘jazz-inflected electronic nu-soul outfit’ and (after the departure of vocalist Dionne Bennett) as ‘an instrumental future-bop-soul-electro-jazz trio’. On new album Where the Streets Lead, the main players remain unchanged from 2018’s Juniper: Edition label boss Dave Stapleton’s keyboards – Moog, Fender, piano – tinkle, buzz and burn, drummer Elliott Bennett provides crackling jazzy and trip-hop-inflected rhythms, while Deri Roberts’s sound design supplies oodles of cinematic atmosphere. The list of additional musicians is impressive: Mark Lockheart and Chris Potter on sax, Stuart McCallum from the sonically somewhat similarly- inclined The Cinematic Orchestra on guitar, Verneri Pohjola on trumpet, Jasper Høiby on bass, an eight-piece string section, and Sachal Vasandani on the lone vocal number, ‘Illuminate’. The guest musicians’ contributions can’t be underestimated – McCallum lights up ‘The Afternoon of Human Life’, the strings add emotional depth – but never threaten to overpower the core trio’s determining musical vision of jazz-infused widescreen ambience.

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