Tom Bancroft Orchestro Interrupto - The Ballad of Linda & Crawford (4 stars)

Tom Bancroft Orchestro Interrupto - The Ballad of Linda & Crawford

(Interrupto)

Most of the music on this long-awaited disc was originally written for a tour that the drummer made with this 13-piece band and special guest Geri Allen back in 2004. Bancroft then recorded the music at Castlesound studio shortly afterwards, but with pianist Chick Lyall – who had played on part of the gig anyway – taking over as a more than able deputy for Allen.

It has been a long wait to hear it, but with the band playing the drummer’s music with total commitment to his vision, it remains a powerful piece of work. The four segments of the story of the thinly fictionalised Linda and Crawford reflect a dark time in his life and marriage, and that troubled frame of mind is evident in its appropriate place, but only within the context of highly creative energy expressed as adventurous and iconoclastic music.

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