Scratch and Sift – Two Rivers Records

Michael Chillingworth – Scratch and Sift – Two Rivers Records 2016

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Michael Chillingworth – Alto Sax, Clarinet
Tom Challenger – Tenor Sax, Clarinet
Josh Arcoleo – Tenor Sax
George Crowley – Bass Clarinet
Lewis Wright – Vibraphone
Sam Lasserson – Bass
Jon Scott – Drums

Recorded by Ben Lamdin at Fish Factory Studios
Mixed by Alex Bonney
Mastered by Peter Beckmann at TechnologyWorks Mastering
Artwork by Alban Low
Design by Paul Jolly
Executive Producer – Alya Marquardt

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Press Reviews:

“Really special … Very complicated but full of wit and melody too. Clever Sod.”

Liam Noble

“Chillingworth is emblematic of this generation of jazz musician: a sculptor and architect with a keen sense of form, flow, colour and texture – he is surrounded by a community of generous, like-minded creative musicians all armed with ridiculous facility and a contagious sense of humour. The resulting music is exactly as great as it should be”

“lyrical and imaginative alto saxophonist Mike Chillingworth, with a gorgeous sound and sense of line.. His ‘out’ playing was controlled, reminiscent in many ways of the very best of Art Pepper.” Sebastian Scotney

“Chillingworth, an admirer of Mark Turner who shares the American’s ability to generate intensity without hectoring.”

John Fordham

“Binney-like Chillingworth runs take hold of the music in breakaway sections displaying well developed improvisational teeth”

“Law’s regular partnership with shrewdly melodic alto saxist Mark Chillingworth is central to the band’s power, building smouldering intensity without bravura”

John Fordham

“Saxophonist Michael Chillingworth moves unfussily between the earnest, slightly plaintive approach demanded by the album’s more restrained fare and the fiery pep appropriate to its livelier moments”

Chris Parker

“The other remarkable aspect of this music is the way Law and Chillingworth, clearly channelling that symbiotic thing, weave and interlace their tandem melody lines – even before the head has ended the dance has begun – and then extend them out into seemingly effortless, long, sinewy tunes. Magical stuff!”

Peter Bacon

“Chillingworth’s alto was a magical instrument in masterly hands”

“…. this young guy has a lithe and facile technique that enables him to flow through the changes

seemingly effortlessly…..” –

Bebop spoken here

“shrewdly melodic alto saxist Mike Chillingworth is central to the band’s power, building

smouldering intensity without bravura.”

John Fordham

“well developed improvisational teeth”