For almost two decades, this British free-jazz quartet has been working and refining their dynamic take on improvised jazz with the same quartet of musicians, all of whom are long-time mainstays on the English and European free-jazz scene: Paul Dunmall-saxes, Tony Levin-drums, Paul Rogers-7 string A.L.L. double bass and Keith Tippett-piano. On this, their sixth album, they do what they have always done, which is to dig in and to investigate the music and where the music takes them, which in this case is a single, 45' long piece!
"Working within the instrumental parameters of the standard post-bop combo - piano, bass, drums and saxophones - the band situates itself in a space midway between what could be called Brit-Improv and American energy music...their sound is, if anything, more exhilarating than it has ever been."
- Jazz Weekly
"With There’s No Going Back Now we are confronted with yet another example of a gripping mindset where total time and concentration takes control over an extended period. The fact that the result is such a grand, beautiful epic is some kind of justification, truly now there can indeed be no way back from instant classic status. This performance will haunt Keith Tippett, Paul Dunmall, Paul Rogers and Tony Levin forever. There’s No Going Back Now has the kind of definitive aura associated with Soft Machine’s Third or Kronos Quartet’s White Man Sleeps; there will be other music to come but this one will set the seal on everything else that follows. I guess, some days these things just happen."
- Steve Day
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Total mastery of patience, time, and drama create a constantly engaging journey that never gets tiresome or same-y: in fact the harder you listen the better it gets! Somehow Sorey et al. find a way to combine the deep listening and spontaneous interaction of the best jazz with the sense of every tone and sound being worth a universe of listening, which could be equally from Cage and Feldman or the accompaniment to an ancient ritual.
The recording/engineering is absolutely perfect as well. Giles