Graham Costello’s Strata, Obelisk Review
Graham Costello’s STRATA is a Scottish jazz band fusing elements of jazz, minimalism, progressive, math and noise-rock. The sextet is comprised of: Graham Costello (drums and compositions), Harry Weir (tenor saxophone), Liam Shortall (trombone), Fergus McCreadie (piano), Joe Williamson (guitar), and Mark Hendry (electric bass). The band is building a solid reputation on the Scottish jazz scene with their graceful integration and exploration of intricate time signatures, polyrhythms and dynamic orchestrations of melodies. The compositions have a solid rhythm section sound with Costello’s colorful drumming, Hendry’s splendid bass tone, and McCreadie agile piano. Add to that the melodic colors of Williamson’s guitar, Weir’s saxophone and Shortall’s trombone, and the magic happens to deliver virtuosic and exciting jazz. The sextet is set to release their debut album, OBELISK. Containing eight original compositions from Costello, the album is an exhilarating journey through many styles, colors and the cross of American and European jazz vocabulary.
Release Date: February 1, 2019
Label: Bpqd Records
1 hour 17 minutes
Graham Costello’s STRATA has a sound that brings a lot of elements of today’s music into the jazz mixing bowl to cook up an excellent blend of sounds that are integrating and imaginative. This is a new flavor that is certainly welcomed into the jazz buffet.