Reviews of Fringe Music -
Downtown Music Gallery, NEWSLETTER -
PHIL GIBBS/MARK LANGFORD/PAUL ANSTEY/BOB HELSON -
Morning Star, Album Reviews: 21st February 2015
Fringe Music by Mark Langford, Phil Gibbs, Paul Anstey & Bob Helson (Freetone Records)
Bristol’s record of producing interesting and innovative music draws much from the long-
Mark Langford, Phil Gibbs, Paul Anstey and Bob Helson, the venue’s core band, have come up with this offering and it shows that open, democratic, and collective bands can scale heights rarely achieved by more structured ensembles.
The quartet, technically excellent, paint from a broad palette which makes for a vibrant, accessible atmosphere which eschews free-
Grooves do occur but not in a format you’d expect and that’s what makes Fringe Music so original and exciting.
It shows just how much collective improvisation can achieve.