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Cross-Platform Interchange

Cross-Platform Interchange (2017)

Misha Mullov-Abbado d. bass & b. guitar

James Davison trumpet & flugelhorn

Matthew Herd alto saxophone

Sam Rapley tenor saxophone & clarinet

Liam Dunachie piano & Fender Rhodes

Scott Chapman drums

Elad Neeman percussion

Recorded at Fieldgate Studios in Wales, as well as various bedrooms, living rooms and basements in London and Slice Music in Tel-Aviv

Nick Goodwin acoustic guitar (2, 8)

Rob Luft electric guitar (3, 5, 7)

Matthew Barley cello (3)

Yusuf Narçin bass trombone (7)

Duncan Bridgeman producer

Alex Killpartrick engineer & mixing

Avi Ein Zur engineer (percussion)

Donal Whelan mastering

Album liner notes

“Cross-Platform Interchange” is dedicated to my love of trains, traveling, movement and constantly evolving musical journeys. This second album of mine is a collection of songs that I have been performing with my band for the past two years that seamlessly move from one source of inspiration to another, rather like the niche album title that describes certain journeys I regularly make with my bass on the London Underground. Across the eight tracks there is music inspired by Middle-Eastern, Brazilian and Eastern-European cultures as well as eccentric swing and jazz funk. This album brings together all these influences in my own special way – a celebration of different traditions. I would like to thank all the musicians that appeared on this album from the bottom of my heart for some sensational playing and being the best friends and colleagues ever. It is an honour to make music with you all: Jim, Matt and Sam for being the tightest, most expressive and fantastic horn section in the world; Liam for blowing me away by adding so much warmth and harmony to the songs at the piano; Scott and Elad for supporting whole band with driving grooves and for adding so much character to all the pieces; Rob and Nick for flawlessly adding brand new guitar textures to all the songs; Yusuf for helping expand the horn section for the title track to a full big band with that raucous bass trombone; and my step-father Matthew for the most beautiful cello playing on my song “Waves” and for all the love and support over the years. I would also like to thank: Duncan Bridgeman for all the hours of input you gave helping me create this record as well as filming every second of it; Alex Killpartrick for once again taking such good care of the music during the recording and making it sound even better afterwards; Ian, Fiona and Andrew Lawson for welcoming us into Fieldgate Studio where we did the bulk of the recording; Alan Rusbridger for generously allowing us to record on your Fazioli piano in your North London home; Avi Ein Zur for facilitating the percussion recording in Tel-Aviv during my 36-hour trip to Israel; Donal Whelan for all the final touches during the mastering process; everyone at Edition Records for all the work gone into the album release and the artwork; and finally all my close friends, family and housemates for all the love, advice, support and friendship over the past 6 months while making this record.

Praise for Cross-Platform Interchange

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“A real celebration of Mullov-Abbado’s love of jazz and his most mature and satisfying work thus far.”
Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann ★★★★

“Already possesses his own unique musical vocabulary. Expect more surprises and delights from Misha in albums to come.”
Roger Farbey, All About Jazz ★★★★

“This is an album that marks a turning point for Misha. It shows off Misha’s creative streak, imagination and bravura. An exceptional second album!”
Erminia Yardley, Kind Of Jazz ★★★★

“Here’s the difficult second album from abundantly talented Misha Mullov-Abbado. So talented in fact that it doesn’t sound as if it was difficult at all. His skills include the one you can’t teach – producing pleasing melodies…”
Jon Turney, London Jazz News

“It says much about the rude health of the British contemporary jazz scene when an album such as this one makes its arrival with this level of young, high-spirited musicality.”
Adrian Pallant, AP Reviews

“Unusually mature for such a young player, yet also an accessible album, possessing both likeability and enough change up to keep it engaging.”
Jeff Becker, Jazz Sensibilities

“Misha is not just a jazz player in the strict sense. He is an artist of our day, accustomed to navigating multiple sound horizons.”
Marco Buttafuoco, Jazz Convention (ITALY)

“A remarkable degree of maturity as a player, composer, and arranger on this exceptional follow-up to his 2015 debut”
Ron Schepper, Textura Magazine (CANADA)

“The music has everything – swing, groove, melodies and an incredibly solid foundation. It is as intimate as it is compelling”
Vorgestellt von Ralf Dorschel, Album Of The Week on Play Jazz NDR (GERMANY) 

“Young bassist and composer Misha Mullov-Abbado offers excellence and variety on his second record as a leader.”
Andreas Backelund, Lira Magazine (SWEDEN)

“The title of the album perfectly symbolizes the interconnectivity of inspiration in his life and music.”
France Musique (FRANCE)

“A bassist, band-leader and composer very well worth following in the years that come.”
Tor Hammerø, Tor de Jazz (NORWAY)

“Another hit and a pretty nice addition to the handsome catalogue of the Edition label.”
Philippe De Cleen, Da Music (NETHERLANDS)

“Alive and turbulent – bassist Avishai Cohen has a strong competitor!”
Georges Tonla Briquet, Jazzenzo Magazine (NETHERLANDS)

“Abbado proves himself an outstanding successor to his parents.”
Artem Kalnin, Orloff Magazine (RUSSIA)

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