Nick Walters and the Paradox Ensemble
‘Implicate Order’ is the third album from Nick Walters’ Paradox Ensemble, and the first release on new label D.O.T. Records. The 11-piece band combine spiritual and eastern jazz styles with West African rhythms and a fusion of electronics. The album follows up the band’s highly acclaimed ‘Awakening’ from 2019. ‘The Underdog’ – is a uptempo tribute to Charles Mingus and was inspired by his classic album ‘The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady’. Walters’ trumpet takes the lead steering the 11 piece band along an infectious and is brought to a finale by the excellent Richard Foote on Trombone. ‘Volta Region’ – named after a region in Eastern Ghana bordering Togo – carries on with the same energy, while ‘Be Seeing You’, featuring a stand-out solo from Sam Healey on alto saxophone, was inspired by the classic 60s tv show The Prisoner and is a drama filled piece that could accompany an action scene from the show. In a much darker and more spiritual tone, the epic ‘Diminishing Returns’ is an exploration of the different harmonic sounds thrown up by the symmetries of the diminished scale. Ruby Rushton keys player Aidan Shepherd delivers one of the highlight moments on the album with an accordion solo that is as good as it is scarcely heard in jazz music. Ed Cawthorne aka Tenderlonious follows up with a solo of his own on flute, guiding the band towards a moment of free-flowing, improvised exuberance. The title track ‘Implicate Order’ completes the album in exquisite fashion – inspired by the work of theoretical physicist David Bohm and his concept of the Implicate Order, an attempt to understand the mysteries of quantum mechanics by positing the existence of a deeper or more fundamental layer of reality (in contrast to the Explicate Order of our everyday experience). The theory emphasises the fundamental wholeness and unity of all seemingly separate phenomena in a similar way to the intuitions of Eastern mysticism, and led to Bohm corresponding and collaborating with Eastern philosophers such as Krishnamurti and the Dalai Lama. Walters’ compositional talents rise to the fore on this one, pushing the band along in Evans/James fashion. Rebecca Nash provides a moment of magic with a piano solo, followed by the whole ensemble coming together, marching the lead off to the end of another wonderful album from Nick Walters & The Paradox Ensemble. Highly recommended.
01 The Underdog by Nick Waters
02 Volta Region by Nick Waters
03 Be Seeing You by Nick Waters
04 Returns by Nick Waters
05 Implicate Order by Nick Waters