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Deep River

20 April 2010 | Format: MP3

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4:50
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5:55
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2:10
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 26 Jan 2010
  • Release Date: 26 Jan 2010
  • Label: Warner Classics International
  • Copyright: 2006 SoundCircus Ltd under exclusive licence to Warner Classics & Jazz, Warner Music UK Ltd
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  • Total Length: 50:52
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  • ASIN: B003FS4EQU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,605 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mojodo on 11 Jan 2007
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Deep River is possibly the finest fruit (so far!) of the ongoing collaboration between saxman Sheppard and pianist MacGregor. The album, an exploratition of southern gospel music, is at times achingly beautiful in it's lyricism, most notably on the title track and Dylan's Ring Them Bells. But this is no mere exercise in nostalgia. These two players always like to experiment and there are smatterings of electronica and sampling. But, above all,the album is about two very fine musicians exploring and expanding a genre with tenderness and real enthusiasm and giving it their own unique and satisfying twist.

Almost throughoutSheppard is at his most romantic/lyrical with soaring and swooping leads while Macgregor's playing alternates between powerful percussiveness to etheral butterly-light weavings. The final track,Tom Waits' Picture In a Frame would melt the hardest heart!

In all, this essentially instrumental work provides a fine sound tapestry and somehow manages to be experimental, elegaic and uplifting all at the same time--quite an achievement.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By William Burn VINE VOICE on 6 Jun 2006
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This review is being written very soon after my first listen to the album, and it has made a fantastic impression on me. Somehow I'm reminded of Django Bates, in the way that the melody of each song gradually becomes more and more intertwined with abstract, weaving lines which leave the listener unsure if they are improvised or through-composed.

Andy Sheppard's saxophone playing provides the melodic thread of the album, and his warm, slightly laconic tone are very pleasurable to listen to. Up till now I've known Sheppard as a bit of a speed merchant, but the lightening technique is kept largely in reserve here. There is an interesting rapport between the two musicians which is most clearly demonstrated on the track "Spiritual" (where, incidentally, Sheppard blows most freely), and the musicianship of both players cannot be faulted.

The overall tone of the album is warmly relaxed, and slightly reminiscent of Keith Jarrett's "The Melody, At Night, With You", disc, not least in the programming of gospel tracks. This is rich material; it is expressive and thought-provoking, but there is no cloying sentimentalism.

A very enjoyable disc: I shall be returning to this for a long time to come, I am sure.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Lewis Graham VINE VOICE on 5 Aug 2006
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It has been a long time since Andy Sheppard was a well known voice on the jazz scene in the UK and, based on this CD, the audience has been the loser.

This is a beautifully paced album, on the whole, with a series of gentle tracks mixed in a few livelier pieces. Georgia Lee has the mood of a spiritual. "Above my Head" and "Mercy Seal" are less gentle, more towards the avant-garde with a mixture of electronics. Nonetheless, this works well and is far from gimmicky.

Joanna Macgregor provides terrific support with well judged accompaniment and virtuosity that supports Andy Sheppard well.

Anyone who likes modern Nordic jazz, such as EST or Tord Gustavsen, would find much to enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. B. Mcmullon VINE VOICE on 30 May 2008
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If, like me you have been attracted to this CD by hearing a wonderful piece of cool jazz from it played on the radio then beware. It is a strange mixture of achingly tender pieces (eg "Spiritual" & "Georgia Lee") played on moody sax and keyboard alongside what to me are some rather odd, rhythmic and raucus, avant-garde numbers ("Everybody help the boys come home" & "Up above my head" - well certainly over mine!). If the latter is not your cup of tea then be prepared to ditch half of the tracks. Out of 11 I rated 5 tracks as 4 or 5 stars and six as less than 2 stars - the average coming out at 2.5.

Personally I don't see how these two extremes hang together at all, but then I just don't get avant-garde music of any sort. So I wish they had been put on two separate CDs. The cool jazz, though, is truly beautiful and moving - worth buying half a CD for!

Above was my first impression of the CD - however, if you persist with the avant-garde tracks some of them, at least, rather grow on you. So maybe I should up the star rating a little bit? If you do buy the CD then be prepared to do a little work with the less obvious tracks and see if they can win you round! I still think it would have been better to separate the avant-garde from the cool and I'm afraid that "Everybody help the boys come home" hasn't grown on me one jot even with repeated listening!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By B. Stocks on 10 July 2006
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I heard a track on the radio and was instantly drawn in. And the CD does not disappoint either - a lovely mixture of the lyrical and avant garde which stays fresh from start to finish. I wouldn't really call it jazz, it reminds me more of some of the ECM output, only warmer and more homely.

Its a long time since I bought a record which I had to keep playing over and over again but this is one.
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