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Congregation - The Art Of Sound: Volume 4

Congregation - The Art Of Sound: Volume 4

13 Jul 2009

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  • Original Release Date: 13 July 2009
  • Label: 33 Jazz
  • Copyright: (c) 2009 33 Jazz
  • Total Length: 1:13:06
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  • ASIN: B002G3GA7Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,105 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By IceBear on 22 Aug 2010
Format: Audio CD
If you come across this music, it's almost certainly going to be labelled as jazz, but it really deserves something a bit more. I wasn't aware of John Law until I came across a review of this album in the Guardian. It caught my attention because of the presence of the very excellent Asaf Sirkis on drums, who I've heard playing with Gilad Atzmon's band on a couple of occasions.

John Law clearly has very wide ranging musical sympathies and one of the tracks here that best captures this is Three Part Invention. You can certainly hear a baroque-type theme in there but this has got so much energy that it's in a completely different universe to anything by Jacques Loussier. There is a lot of very lyrical music here but also real improvising - part of the essence of jazz.

We seem to be living in Golden Age of jazz piano trios. Brad Mehldau, the late and very much lamented Esbjorn Svensson, Tord Gustavson, Stefano Bollani and Liam Noble have all joined my music collection in the last year or so. Well, this group deserves to be considered at just the same level. In fact, one of the tracks here will seem a little familiar to E.S.T. fans - Trap Clap sees Sam Burgess using fuzz effects on his bass. He backs it up with excellent playing throughout. Asaf Sirkis does some lovely subtle stuff on the quieter tracks but he can really rock when he needs to.

I'm seriously looking forward to investigating John Law's other albums in this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary James on 27 Aug 2012
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There are several tracks on this exquisite album which remind me of the subtle, calm world of a Vermeer painting. Much of this album is understated, from the ghostly cathedral on the cover, the limited pallet of colours on the sleeve, the carefully chosen photograph of the artists wearing toning shades of grey. Much of the joy of a Vermeer is standing as close to it as the gallery attendants will let you stand, and entering its gentle world of reflection, quiet study, order and shared secrets and then drifting away from it, the colours and atmosphere engrained in your memory to be enjoyed long afterwards.

And so it is with John Law's Congregation the art of sound volume 4. Unlike Vermeer whose paintings are few, John has a large discography of piano trio works and solo albums. Perhaps the title " the art of sound " is a tribute to Brad Mehldau whose Art of the Trio albums marked his development over several years? But John is more than an English Brad Mehldau, he has a very distinctive voice and you can hear it most clearly in volume 4 of this series. He has created an exceptional trio in Sam Burgess on bass and Asaf Sirkis in drums.

When you first listen to this album you will notice the extrovert tracks, most notably the title track Congregation. I defy you not to want to leap around the room during this one. This is not a trio of three separate musicians, no, they work as one. Even when one player has the limelight you are aware of the others, right there, just a millisecond behind, they pass the tunes around as skillfully as footballers, never let it falter for a moment. Trap Clap is a witty piece with subtle effects (clapping, fuzzy piano).

All the tracks stand alone. Three Part Invention is a homage to Bach and a perfect one at that..
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By D.J Hatch on 25 Aug 2014
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not bad disc
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