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Also In White

Bill Wells, Bill Wells Trio Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (13 May 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B0000636LY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 362,297 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Presentation Piece #1 9:230.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Record Collectors 1:130.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Singleton 3:200.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Jab The Chemistry Teacher 3:020.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Last Guitar Lesson 3:340.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. New Ascending Staircase 2:210.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Also In White 5:530.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Inappropriate Behaviour 1:260.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Euphonia 3:460.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. D.A.D.E 5:410.69  Buy MP3 

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Also In White is not immediately identifiable in terms of time or place, this follow-up to Incorrect Practice almost sounding like some newly-discovered audio document. The Wells Trio are watercolouring a kind of ambient jazz, evoking locations in a way that's reminiscent of Eno's early experiments. The Falkirk-based Wells brushes all of the material himself (writing would seem like too much of a fixed description), combining acoustic piano with sampling techniques. He's joined by trumpeter Robert Henderson and guitarist/harmonica player Stevie Jackson, with Katrina and Stephen Pastel dropping by to turn the closing "D.A.D.E." into an ethereal pop miniature. The opening "Presentation Piece #1" revolves around a sample of Bill's own Octet, imparting a distant, looped quality. Half way in, Henderson's trumpet is augmented by three more horns, painting golden streaks that could be surfing straight from the West Coast in the 1950s. With its 70s vibe and 90s techniques, that's at least three decades encapsulated in nine minutes. Jackson's harmonica playing is closer to the delicate chandelier quality of Larry Adler's rather than the broken-bottle blues grit of, say, Kim Wilson. Many of these pieces act as dappled interludes, briefly setting a scene, then melting into another picture. --Martin Longley

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars heart-breaking scottish classic 29 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is the soundtrack of the story of your life. Those key moments--the soul, specificity, harmony, beauty, sadness, wonder and melancholy joy of your most astonishing and heartbreaking times.

They are not grand and melodramatic after all. They are low-key, wondrous, mysterious and just right.

To capture the heart's best moments you do not need sweep, extravagence or 1000 violins. You need this--the simple, the minimal, the grace, the stillness. Piano, trumpet, harmonica. There is no loneliness like this. It is beautiful.

The above words describe tracks 2-9. Each a snapshot, a captured moment of meaning that only music can express. Everyone will have different favourites from amongst these melodic minor-key instrumental gems. I don't wish to set anyone's expectations too high, though. If this record has greatness then it will be in the way that it might take you by surprise. It leaves me moved and amazed.

But the main tracks are bookended, in tracks 1 and 10, by two quite different tracks, the two longest tracks, and--in my own opinion--the best two tracks on the record.

D.A.D.E: a euphoric trubute to the future pilot? It builds, layer by layer, in something like pure joy.

Presentation Piece 1: the pianistic shuffle, then enter the trumpet, then the supporting brass; i wish it would never end; we're all different, it will bring up all the things we're glad we've after all not forgotten, imprinted in the mind and heart; it is a thing of great wonder.

The very best music is the hardest to describe.

You might not play this record all the time.

But I think there will nights in your life that you're glad to play this scottish classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 13 Aug 2006
By Al
Format:Audio CD
This is without a doubt one of the most accessable and enjoyable Discs that I have bought in a long time. Every track manages to portray an emotion, and the minimalist approach Wells has taken to this work is without doubt at the core of this.

I'm an indie rock kid, always have been and will always be. This is only the second Jazz album I've ever bought, and it's one of those rare beasts that doesn't have a single duff track on it.

Highly recommended - Jazz, hmmm nice...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!! 28 Oct 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Awesome, laid-back, tueneful and more often than not beautiful tracks from the scottish jazzmen - in their finest work to date.
Near Perfect - with nods to Monk, Davis and Adler. This is a great contemporary jazz album which doesn't smell of fusion-improv rubbish - just classic tunes.
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
5.0 out of 5 stars Really important CD to me. 9 Mar 2006
By G. Eastman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This CD changed my life in some ways. It is absolutely amazing. I didn't understand it the first couple of listens, I just sort of mildly enjoyed it, but with time I have learned to really appreciate it. It takes some cool themes and a variety of techniques to create a really unique selection of pieces. I love most of the tracks on the CD (usually I just pick and choose tracks with my CDs) and play this when I'm going to sleep at night. I'm not sure how to describe it exactly. The minimal instrumentation makes it very intimate and pure in its sound. It really inspired me as a composer. I can't believe this is the first review of this on Amazon. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a variety of music and is open to minimal classical/jazz with a kick. This is a masterpiece with real heart, I would kill to hear all of it performed live (if only).
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