Pigfoot - 21st Century Acid Trad
- Stewart Smith
- 23 April 2014
Modernist take on trad from British quartet featuring Liam Noble, Paul Clarvis, Chris Batchelor and Oren Marshall
This debut from British quartet Pigfoot is a witty and affectionate détournement of the 1920s and 30s New Orleans and Chicago jazz favoured by the trad jazzers who, pre-rock 'n' roll, energised the youth of post-war Britain. Trad jazzers have often been characterised as intolerant of bebop, but Pigfoot approach classics like 'Nobody Knows You' and 'Basin Street Blues' from unmistakably modernist angles, reaffirming their radicalism.
There's more than a touch of Monk or Cecil Taylor to Liam Noble's piano, while drummer Paul Clarvis relishes opportunities to come at a beat aslant. Duke Ellington's 'Mood Indigo' sees Chris Batchelor exploring a range of extended trumpet techniques, from forlorn wah-wah tones, bubbling mute effects and raw overblowing, while Oren Marshall's tuba moans like a deflating hot air balloon. Sidney Bechet's 'Petit Fleur' gets an inspired Cuban makeover, while Fats Waller's 'Jitterbug Waltz' is hopped-up on atonal piano and scuttling drums.