Bass Player Magazine Review of “Constellations”

CD Review: Karl Latham/Ryan Carniaux/Mark Egan “Constellations”

March 12, 2015

BY  Chris Jisi

Jazz drummer Latham, inspired by Björk’s 2007 side Volta, brilliantly reinterprets the Nordic chanteuse’s sound, style, and sensibility with the help of Mark Egan (on fretted and fretless Pedulla 5-strings), trumpeter Ryan Carniaux, and keyboardist Nick Rolfe. Egan leaps from the opener, “Hope,” with a growling theme-and-variation ostinato that becomes a dialogue with Carniaux’s horn. Elsewhere, he locks in tight with Latham’s taut groove on “Wanderlust” and global shuffle on “The Dull Flame of Desire,” issues dancing harmonics in “Desired Constellation,” and makes the closer, “Ostara,” his own with his sympathetic fretless melody reading and sprawling solo.