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BORIS KOVACS NEW RITUAL QUARTET: White World
12 new compositions for what is essentially a jazz ensemble (bass, drums, piano and reeds) with some eastern accordion, playing what they describe as a dance programme, but which seems to belong in some timeless category that is neither folk, jazz, contemporary or classical; it even escapes more dubious nooses, such as ‘world music’. Over four decades Boris has followed his own path: a complex distillation of different musical languages, into a kind of ur music that remains stable - from large ensemble to small; close composition to improvisation; spiritual to somatic - in which melody, rhythm and harmony seem locked into some deeper echo – in the way that, while telegraph poles rush past the train window and middle distance houses pass more slowly, far mountains hardly seem to shift at all. The result touches these matters lightly and what you get here are strong melodies, an indelible melancholy and the pull of old, slow currents.