Rachel Musson's Skein - Flight Line (4 stars)

Welsh saxophonist debut album is a set of her own exploratory compositions

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Rachel Musson's Skein - Flight Line

(F-IRE Presents)

This could easily have slipped under the radar, but like much on the F-IRE Collective label, Welsh saxophonist Rachel Musson’s debut album is worth checking out. She has studied with saxophonist Julian Siegel and worked with drummer Seb Rochford (who wrote the liner notes here), and while both those inputs are apparent, her music has an original twist that augers well for her development.

Skein features the suggestive, deftly coloured piano work of Alcyona Mick and two drummers, Josh Morrison and the more free-ranging Javier Carmona, with Will Collier on bass. The group’s interplay is always intriguing, and Musson’s tenor saxophone is a strong, vital presence throughout a set of her own exploratory compositions (and a nod to her roots on a version of John Davies’s ‘Swansea Town’).

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