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Andy Sheppard

1 Jan. 2006 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2006
  • Release Date: 1 Jan. 2006
  • Label: Str
  • Copyright: 2006 Andy Sheppard (SOCAN)
  • Total Length: 41:18
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  • ASIN: B002GWT6VO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Julian Stevens on 5 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
His first solo project following a three or four album stint with Sphere (a Bristol-based band, though Andy himself hails from Warminster) and, despite being a bit lightweight sonically (there's virtually no bass at all below 80Hz) at the hands of producer Steve Swallow, this has much charm and, to my ears anyway, is rather more melodically accessible than much of his later work. It's a very accomplished set, actually, quite pretty in parts and all the more impressive given that he didn't take up the saxophone until his late teens, having gone out on the road just three weeks after having first started to play the instrument. This is true British jazz and (mostly) quite easy on the ears with it, but without going anywhere near smooth or funk jazz territory.

His core rhythm section here comprises Dave Buxton (piano & synthesizer), Pete Maxfield (bass) and Simon Gore (drums), augmented by vibes, trumpet, trombone and percussion, with the great Randy Brecker putting in an appearance on a couple of tracks. There's even a drum solo on track two, though nothing crash, bang wallop that might threaten the safety of your bass drivers.

Recorded at Angel Studios in London and well, yes, it all turned out quite nicely. Mr Sheppard must have been very satisfied with this as his debut solo effort and it's as good a place as any to start exploring his now fairly extensive body of work, even though quite a lot of it isn't as accessible and as melodic as this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian on 14 May 2009
Format: MP3 Download
Harking back to 1988, this was Andy's first album and what got me started on listening to and eventually learning to play sax myself.

The sound is unique and inspiring both on tenor and soprano. Of particular note is Esme with it's use of repetition and Andy playing simultaneously on multiple tracks. Want a Toffee is sublime and demonstrates what has become a Sheppard norm to use the full range of the tenor from squawking altissimo to breathy subtone and back. The melodies work well never better than on the slow ballads Twee and Ninoska's waltz,

If you get a chance, listen to this on vinyl tool.
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