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Azimuth/The Touchstone/Depart [Box set]

Azimuth Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B000024E4E
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,686 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Siren's Song 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. O 6:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Azimuth12:18Album Only
Listen  4. The Tunnel 9:17Album Only
Listen  5. Greek Triangle 2:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Jacob 8:47Album Only

Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Eulogy10:26Album Only
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Listen  4. Jero 6:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Prelude 5:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. See10:46Album Only

Disc 3:

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Listen  2. Autumn11:09Album Only
Listen  3. Arrivée 7:52Album Only
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Listen  5. Windfall (Touching Points) 4:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. Charocoal Traces (Touching Points) 4:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Départ10:29Album Only
Listen  9. The Longest Day (Reprise) 3:46£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Recorded 1977, 1978 and 1979. Personnel: John Taylor (piano, organ, synthesizer), Norma Winstone (voice), Kenny Wheeler (trumpet, flugelhorn), Ralph Towner (12-string and classical guitars)

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 12 Mar 2010
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The combination of the voice of Norma Winstone, the Piano of (husband) John Taylor and fluegelhorn/trumpet of Kenny Wheeler on Azimuth's first 3 albums is just musician. On the third album in this set Ralph Towner joins the trio on 12 string and classical guitar. This was one of the real class acts of the the ECM stable at the time. All the musicians involved are the real deal, there is just awesome talent at work here. Why any of there great artists are not universally recognised for their work is beyond me.

This is a bargain and just a brilliant example of ECM school European jazz. If you like this genre then you will love this, buy it now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong! 9 Dec 2011
By Kimathi Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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Once again, not to sound overtly biased, but rarely can such an incredible lineup (K. Wheeler, N. Winstone, R. Towner, J. Taylor) produce anything less than a wonderful work, deceptively simple, yet with a quality that is very rare amongst todays' musicians - Jazz and World music included. What I most love about Azimuth is their similarity to Steve Reich and ECM bass pioneer Eberhard Weber's work with the use of repetitive motifs, but in a looser and smaller setting. Their compositions for the most part always approach the evocative rather than the technicalities of musicianship and composition. In addition to that, Ralph Towner joins them with his incredible, immensely delicate palette and sensitive approach to music. Towner's work needs no mention as he has been my all time favorite guitar player.
I've found that all of Azimuth's albums (not to be confused with their Brazilian counterpart Azymuth which I equally enjoy) have this textured complexity in their simplistic, almost minimalistic approach. The melodies and rhythmic interlockings just hold the listener in this suspended mood of some distant nostalgic whiff, or in this deeply contemplative impressionistic mood. I look forward to hearing more from them at some point and hopefully ECM will attempt to get Azimuth back together again. I do miss their work together.
On this cd, John Taylor's piano playing has this softness and beauty that is deeply evocative, and easily complements Norma Winston's unique talent to use her voice in such a rich, imaginative way. John's piano work definitely keeps the entire cd in a state of suspension once again, almost as if the music composed was as light as a bubble and could fly off somewhere to the horizon. Kenny Wheeler (trumpet), I find at times can be somewhat repetitive in some of his more familiar phrase endings but to my great surprise he consistently does a great job at always expanding the compositions with his sensitive melodic approach. Kenny Wheeler is one of those musicians that is able to consistently adapt in whatever setting and blend in and add his delicate yet strong melodic touches to whatever ensemble he's a part of- his style and sound I think have been a main contribution to the ECM sound. All in all, without a doubt, this album represents a winner for me that can be listened to over and over again. It is my favorite amongst all of the other Azimuth cd's.
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