John Surman: soprano and baritone saxophones, bass clarinet
John Taylor: piano
Miroslav Vitous: double bass
Jon Christensen: drums
“Like Mingus, Vitous is a real leader from the bass, and the music is all the stronger for it” Gramophone. With three excellent writers in the line-up (John Surman and John Taylor as well as the leader) the quartet had an abundance of material to draw upon. Journey’s End includes U Dunaje U Prespurka which Miroslav had played with the Junior Trio with Jan Hammer, as well as Surman’s Thomas Hardy-inspired ballad Tess, and Taylor’s Windfall. Collective improving capacities are to the fore on Carry On, No. 1 which builds on the template of Jon Christensen’s drum patterns.