The final release on Innovative Scottish label, Caber Music featured Phil leading an all-star line-up comprising Reid Anderson on bass (US- The Bad Plus), Mike Walker on guitar (England- The Impossible Gentleman) and Thomas Strønen on drums (Norway- Time Is A Blind Guide). This album received a full release, with a batch of glowing reviews across the board. Unfortunately, Caber Music folded a couple of months after Headlong’s release, and so as an album, on its first release Headlong didn’t have the chance to make the impact it possibly deserved. Now maybe its time has come.
“As good as anything coming out of New York...”
Brian Morton Penguin Guide To Jazz Recordings
"Jazz has an international lineage of elegiac storytellers (Shorter-Ornette-Jarrett-Garbarek-Frisell-Endresen) and Bancroft makes a suitable addition to these voices, balancing restraint and propulsion with consummate ease. With its brooding grace and rigorous distillation, it marks PhilBancroft out as a player and composer to be ignored at your peril."
Kevin Le Gendre Echoes Magazine
This composition uses the Fibonnacci series- 1,1,2,3,5,8 etc, hence it's title. Used by composers such as Bartok, Stravinsky and Steve Coleman, the adjacent numbers produce ratios that gradually approach phi or φ, The Golden Section, (1.618...). In musical improvisation and composition the ratios can be applied to intervallic or rhythmic sub-units- eg 3 then 2 semitones, or 3 then 5 quavers to create structures with a distinct character. In Phil's words 'In this composition I was exploring these ratios to create intervallic leaps, giving the melody a hint of chromaticism.' An examination of Celtic melody within contemporary Jazz spaces, it's graced by the fierce rhythmic focus of Thomas Strønen's drumming delivered on lightweight sticks, the heavy beats and sound of Reid Anderson's spacious bass, and Mike Walker's intensity of character and line. From the album 'Headlong' released in 2014 on Caber Music, and soon to be re-released on Myriad Streams.
Contributors: Composer/Saxophone: Phil Bancroft; Guitar: Mike Walker; Acoustic Bass: Reid Anderson; Drum Kit: Thomas Strønen;
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