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Portico Quartet
Memory Streams

8/10

Released in 2019
Reviewed October 14 2019

Memory Streams

I'm sure there are purists out there who strongly dislike the way Portico Quartet sell the notion of jazz. Probably something to do with the fact that ordinary people actually want to listen to it. The silly way they nod their silly heads as if they were cool, only they're not. They're not!

Please forgive me if you just got the impression that Portico Quartet are for the masses. Jazz's own Shania Twain. That's not my point.

Memory Streams is like good food or a nice glass of wine: It can be enjoyed on many levels. You can let it flow by as a stream of delicious sounds, or get immersed in one detail (like the three-note motif on 'Signals in the Dusk'), or really dive in and dissect. It will give pleasure any time.

So, rather than trying to figure out who this album is for, or whether it's respected by the right people, just enjoy it. You should.

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