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Review | Corrie Dick releases ravishingly eclectic album ‘Impossible Things’

Glasgow born drummer and composer Corrie Dick released his debut album Impossible Things at the end of 2015. The album covers nearly every genre of music you could think of with tracks composed by the multi talented Glaswegian.

After studying jazz in London, Corrie graduated in 2014. Even though still in the early stages of his music career he has since gone on to play with many great musicians, working to develop the unique style exhibited on the album.

But despite his background, Impossible Things isn’t just for the hardcore jazz fans. And for those usually turned off by the ‘j’ word there are many influences in these tracks. It would be difficult for any music enthusiast not to find Corrie and co. engaging. Corrie Dick

The tunes showcase a few different genres; jazz, folk and a wide range of world music can all be heard. Proving that music is at it’s best when it comes from a genuinely individual and unique perspective.

As well as Corrie on drums the instruments on the album include; trumpet, saxophone, piano, bass and percussion. With some of the most exciting and moving elements of the album involve Alice Zawadzki on vocals and Joe Webb on organ/wurlitzer. The latter particularly standing out with his relaxed melody line on the second track King William Walk, which is reminiscent of a nursery rhyme.

The title of the album draws on the literary influence of writer Lewis Carroll. In Carroll’s book Alice in Wonderland, Alice talks of “believing in six impossible things before breakfast”. Corrie has clearly taken this as a stimulus for the track Six Impossible Things and ultimately the concept of the whole collection of tunes. Corrie said of his album recently in an interview with Jazzwise magazine; “Something I get from Carroll and some other musicians I play with is the reckless abandon”.

It is clear to hear that while the tunes are composed , the musicians all add bits of their own unique style, adding to the emotion and quality of this album.

Stylistically it’s hard to place Impossible Things into any one category. But there aren’t many artists that can so easily make you sit up and pay attention throughout every track. Not only is it compositionally diverse but the range and combination of instruments makes it stand out.

Corrie Dick is already being tipped by the jazz community as ‘the next big thing’ but this music has something for everyone. It is a brilliant tapas of musical styles that all music fans should try.

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