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Accident and Insurgency

Arnie Somogyi's Ambulance

Accident and Insurgency

...inventive and fresh instrumental jazz
AKD 306 (Linn Records)
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Track Time Listen
1
Walking Wounded

Walking Wounded

Composer Lapthorn
Band Arnie Somogyi's Ambulance
7:02 Play $3.40
2
Mick the Fish

Mick the Fish

Composer Somogyi, Townsend, Lapthorn
Band Arnie Somogyi's Ambulance
2:15 Play $1.70
3
Captain Courageous

Captain Courageous

Composer

Somogyi

Band Arnie Somogyi's Ambulance
8:48 Play $3.40
4
Tumbledown

Tumbledown

Composer Lapthorn
Band Arnie Somogyi's Ambulance
7:06 Play $3.40
5
Lobster Pot 999

Lobster Pot 999

Composer Somogyi, Townsend, Lapthorn, Booth, Smith 
Band Arnie Somogyi's Ambulance
1:09 Play $1.70
6
Don't Improvise

Don't Improvise

Composer

Somogyi

Band Arnie Somogyi's Ambulance
3:54 Play $1.70
7
Solace

Solace

Composer Lapthorn
Band Arnie Somogyi's Ambulance
7:31 Play $3.40
8
Serenity

Serenity

Composer Somogyi, Townsend, Lapthorn, Booth, Smith 
Band Arnie Somogyi's Ambulance
0:44 Play $1.70
9
Adrift

Adrift

Composer Somogyi, Booth
Band Arnie Somogyi's Ambulance
6:26 Play $3.40
10
Sirenity (aka Deaf on Arrival)

Sirenity (aka Deaf on Arrival)

Composer Somogyi, Townsend, Lapthorn, Booth, Smith 
Band Arnie Somogyi's Ambulance
1:04 Play $1.70
11
Broadside

Broadside

Composer Somogyi, Smith 
Band Arnie Somogyi's Ambulance
9:24 Play $3.40
Total Running Time 55 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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'Accident and Insurgency' features five of the UK's most exciting young jazz musicians, in collaboration with U.S. jazz legend, trumpeter Eddie Henderson.

The SACD layer is both 5.1 channel and 2-channel / The Studio Master files are 96kHz / 24 bit.

Download includes - cover art, booklet

Produced by Arnie Somogyi

BBC Jazz AwardsArnie Somogyi's Ambulance

"Best Album" Nominee for "Accident and Insurgency"

2008 BBC Jazz Awards

Arnie Somogyi - double bass; Eddie Henderson - trumpet, flugelhorn; Paul Booth - tenor and soprano saxophones, bass clarinet; Tim Lapthorn - piano, Fender Rhodes, melodica; Dave Smith - drums; Rob Townsend - tenor and soprano saxophones, alto flute, bass clarinet, laptop

Recorded by Paul Madden at Intimate Studios, London, 9th May and 6th September 2007.
Edited by Rob Townsend at Mutant Studios, Watford.
Mixed and mastered by Andrew Tulloch at The Blue Studio, London.
Photography by Jules Lawrence
Surround mix at Finesplice, UK
Design by John Haxby

Arnie Somogyi uses Picato Innovation double bass strings.

Accident and Insurgency

One of the aims when Ambulance first formed was to make it sound like a band, rather than a bunch of musicians playing one person's compositions. We felt it important that there should be the opportunity for complete spontaneity within the structure of the music - if anybody felt like changing tack halfway through a tune they should be able to.

In 2006 the five of us, minus Eddie Henderson, were the first jazz group to be offered a musical development residency at Snape Maltings, near Aldeburgh on the Suffolk coast. We spent a lot of time improvising freely and most of the tracks on this CD have been written around those moments, captured on minidisc and inspired by people and places in and around Aldeburgh.

Having worked frequently with Eddie Henderson, I knew that his musical open-mindedness and generosity of spirit would dovetail with the band so I invited him to tour with us during May 2006.

The bulk of this recording (over 45 minutes) was completed during one four-hour live session, mid-tour, and I think captures the essence of the band.

The Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, Orford Ness Suite was freely improvised around discussed musical frameworks - nothing was written down.

Walking Wounded
A perennial Ambulance favourite, this has been part of the set since the very beginning.

Mick the Fish
You can buy freshly caught fish directly from the small huts on the beach in Aldeburgh. We bought our cod from Mick Lawson. Rob used fragments from a recorded interview with him, blended with the sound of the sea at Aldeburgh and some reversed
piano chords to create the sound bed for this improvisation. Mick is not actually a fish.

Captain Courageous
This is about a fisherman on Aldeburgh beach, who only goes out in really bad weather. Consequently, the other fishermen call him Captain Courageous. His real name's Kirk! It starts with the sound of me walking across the shingle. The changes in feel and tempo on this tune were completely spontaneous.

Tumbledown
Tim wrote this beautiful ballad after the Aldeburgh residency. The title comes from the "tumbling down" melody halfway through the tune.

Lobster Pot 999
Improvised around three nine bar sections in 9/8. I fell asleep listening to this track and had a dream about a giant lobster called Derek. According to the Guinness World Records, the heaviest marine crustacean to be found was an American or North
Atlantic lobster that weighed 44lb 6oz (20.14kg). It was discovered off the east coast of North America in 1977. I'm not sure if it had a name.

Don't Improvise
Recently it seems to have become fashionable in jazz to reduce improvisational content in favour of repetitive grooves. I thought it would be fun to write a tune where nothing ever changes for the bass or piano but which allows for plenty of improvisation over the top. It features a melody written for the unlikely and unfashionable combination of soprano saxophones and bass clarinets.

Solace
As well as improvising as a group we spent time working individually in the practice rooms at Snape Maltings. Tim ended up in a very small, cell-like room. I think he felt quite at home, hence the title of the composition he wrote there.

Serenity
I hope this evokes a suitably maritime feel. Dave emulated the sound of waves crashing on the shingle; Paul and Rob imitated seagulls, by squawking loudly and nicking people's fish and chips.

Adrift
The melody and root-notes for this ballad were freely improvised by Paul, Dave and myself, after a bracing walk around Snape Marshes. Paul transcribed them and created this arrangement.

Sirenity
The Ambulance theme tune.

Broadside
Dedicated to one of our favourite beers, this tune is written in 13/8 and starts with the sound of Dave playing the Britten shell sculpture on Aldeburgh beach. The electronic loop is the same recording manipulated electronically by Rob. The drone is actually the sound of the sea - again broken down into fragments of sound and rebuilt into something different.
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Throughout the lyrical, elegantly played music is consistently engaging.
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The Scotsman
Their music revealed an engaging freshness and sense of invention.
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Metro
The music they make evokes landscape and is strong on colour.
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BBC Website
Umber-toned experiences that are as sumptuous as the finest chocolate melting in your mouth.
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Atlantic Audio Society
Meditative, elegant music, sophisticated in its color palette
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The Jazz Rag
this stimulating album...deserves your attention.
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The Birmingham Post
Plaudits continue for Arnie Somogyi's Ambulance as they complete their UK tour.
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The Guardian
4 Stars
Over two intense sets, the six musicians make an overwhelming case for jazz that is visceral, intellectual and disciplined, while wowing an audience of musicians, fans, hacks and punters.
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The Guardian
3 Stars
Elegant writing hitched to imaginative improvising.
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The List
4 Stars
Bristling with inventive manipulations of instrumental sonority and timbre, surprising chordal developments and effective shifts in tempo.
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The Herald
A clear sense of direction, strong melodies and focused improvising.
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The Northern Echo
Enjoyable and stimulating...
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Jazzwise
4 Stars
That unlikely mix of gentle attentiveness between musicians, a caring, unfussy, love of detail and a capacity to laugh and robustly stretch out makes this a joyous recording indeed.
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The Scotsman
4 Stars
Intelligent and probing contemporary jazz...
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
The result is a dynamic set that's full of surprises, tumbling chord and tempo changes, atmospheric effects and quicksilver improvised solo runs.
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Independent On Sunday
The collective effect is sometimes marvellous.
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The Times
4 Stars
Varied, thoughtful and consistently engaging.
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Straight No Chaser
Eleven original compositions of such measure, mystique and eccentricity that it's incredibly hard not to keep rushing back for another dose.
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www.muszeroldal.hu
The open musicality of Henderson, of more mature years than the rest of the ensemble, has a positive effect on the playing of the band.
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George FM - New Zealand
Delightful, challenging music.
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Vortex Jazz Website
This is a highly entertaining and thoroughly absorbing set.
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