Danny Widdicombe and instrumental Jazz trio Trichotomy team up for debut album Between The Lines
RELEASE DATE AUGUST 1 2019 through Futurfonic Records
‘Between the Lines’ is the first album from the exciting new collaboration between multi- ARIA Award nominated song writer Danny Widdicombe, and the experimental instrumental trio Trichotomy featuring Sean Foran on keys, John Parker on drums and Samuel Vincent on double bass. Danny plays guitar, pedal steel and sings. It works.
The intention was to emulate the recordings from the 1960s and 70s of singer songwriters like Van Morrison, Nick Drake, John Martyn and Richard Thompson who hired jazz musicians to improvise around their songs. But the result is at once more adventurous and arresting than many of those records. Just when you think you have a song pegged, this record takes a turn and escapes any easy definition. You’ll recognise strong notes of jazz and folk here, but mixed into the gumbo you’ll hear hints of country, soul, Hawaiian steel, and blues. Kristin Berardi and Danny’s daughter India add molasses smooth backing vocals, Dan Mansfield (The Gin Club, The Honey Sliders) augments with tasty Hammond pads, and Luke Moller layered strings from his studio in Austin, Texas.
This is Danny’s fourth solo album (he also has four albums with The Wilson Pickers). He made his first, The Transplant Tapes, during recovery from leukaemia. Dominoes, his second record, came with a hip replacement. He recorded his third record, Find Someone, in the living hell of leukaemia treatment, and now this album comes with a bonus hospital stay thanks to a second hip replacement. You get the picture. But that’s not the whole frame.
In ‘Between the Lines’ you can hear Danny refusing to settle in life and love. You can hear him facing his mistakes. You feel the romance of Red Hill. You hear a rose red Gretsch guitar playing white blood cells back into shape. You can hear the chemistry sparking alight when virtuosic musicians record together, live in a room.
If you’ve ever come to revere the small acts of resistance played out between the picket lines in the hand to hand combat of the day to day, you’ll understand that these small acts of dignity are alive in every note on this album. This is music from the marrow.