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  • Audio CD (18 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Miles Music
  • ASIN: B000JLPO10
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,518 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Mr SilverPeter King, Gordon Beck, Jeremy Brown , Stephen Keogh11:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Le SunsetPeter King, Gordon Beck, Jeremy Browm, Stephen Keogh 7:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Janus - Movement 1Peter King, The Lyric Quartet, Gordon Beck, Jeremy Browm, Stephen Keogh 9:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Janus - Movement 2Peter King, The Lyric Quartet, Gordon Beck, Jeremy Brown, Stephen Keogh 9:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Janus - Movement 3Peter King, The Lyric Quartet, Gordon Beck, Jeremy Brown, Stephen Keogh 9:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Janus - Movement 4Peter King, The Lyric Quartet, Gordon Beck, Jeremy Browm, Stephen Keogh 7:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Janus - Movement 5Peter King, The Lyric Quartet, Gordon Beck, Jeremy Brown, Stephen Keogh 8:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Ronnie's SorrowPeter King, The Lyric Quartet, Gordon Beck, Jeremy Browm, Stephen Keogh11:27£0.99  Buy MP3 

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The British alto saxophonist Peter King's playing is firmly rooted in the bebop idiom and he is recognized as one of the UK's leading jazz musicians. He is also a masterful composer and on `Janus', King takes on the challenge of writing for jazz and string quartet.

`Janus' features the Peter King Quartet with Gordon Beck on piano and the Lyric String Quartet, recorded live at the Purcell Room in 1997. The Janus suite applies the influences of Bartok's rhythms, folk melodies and harmonies to jazz composition and the Lyric String quartet plays superbly both in their solo sections and during the passages when they are scored with the jazz group. King's rhythmic writing means that the strings add texture and line without interfering with the improvisations of the rhythm section and soloists.

In addition to the five movements of Janus, the album is completed with three originals, featuring the musicians of King's quartet without the strings, and which demonstrate what a superbly integrated group it is. Alan Barnes in his liner notes sums up the album when he says "this recording is surely Peter King's masterpiece."

Personnel: Peter King - alto & soprano saxophone, Gordon Beck - piano, Jeremy Brown - bass, Stephen Keogh - drums,

Lyric String Quartet: Patricia Calnan - violin, Harriet Davies - violin, Nick Barr - viola, Dave Daniels - cello.

Review

(4 stars) ...investigate without demur, if nothing else for King's fiery effusions and Beck's rampages at the keyboard. Stunning. -- Jazzwise, (Peter Vacher), February 2007

(4 stars) The five movements swing ceaselessly, with King's alto crying out like a voice in the wilderness. -- The Independent, (Phil Johnson), November 26, 2006

The passionate saxophone improvisation and the ever-changing sonorities of the strings make a combination that repays endless listening. -- The Observer, (Dave Gelly), December 3, 2006

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Bawden jazz fan on 17 Jun. 2014
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Although I have seen Peter King live on many occasions I have little of his music in my collection, so I set about amending this situation a couple of years back. A friend recommended this to me, although I was initially suspicious of music with this declared classical- jazz crossover. There was no need, this album is special.

The first two tracks, recorded live (1997) in concert, as is the whole album, are "conventional". That is the first being the quartet (PK, Gordon Beck (p), Jeremy Brown (b), Stephen Keogh (d)), the second a superb piano trio number. Then we have the Janus suite (five movements) which features the jazz quartet and a string quartet. Finally there is a track featuring the eight musicians that is dedicated to the passing of Ronnie Scott.

The whole album contains music that is of the highest order, whether measured in jazz terms, classical terms , musical terms, emotional terms etc. the whole album is played with skill and passion.

Apparently (I am no musician) the Janus suite, written entirely by Peter King, is heavily inspired by Bartok's music.

There are descriptions of the music elsewhere on this site so I shall attempt no more. The playing by everyone is superb but both Peter King and Gordon Beck deserve special mention. Peter for the passion and Gordon for the ingenuity.

A world status recording that should be much better known.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By theplanets on 28 Jan. 2013
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I was unsure at first , despite the outstanding pedigree of all the musicians , how the melding of a string quartet with two outstanding jazz soloists would work .
I works alright ! This is an exceptional CD , covering all gamuts of musical styles , and always sounding "right" .
I wish I could give it more than five stars , as this is one of those extremely rare "perfect" works , that just couldn't be improved upon .
And as another reviewer states , it is also another indication of how great a pianist Gordon Beck is .
For anyone who likes quality music , irrespective of genre , this is a must have .
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Attention Gordon Beck fans - YOU NEED THIS ALBUM!!

If you love Jazz and especially Gordon Beck than you owe it to yourself to buy this CD or MP3 Download.

The interplay between the Lyric String Quartet meshed with a Jazz Quartet of piano, bass, drums and saxophone must be heard to be believed!! It works!!

Track 2, "Le Sunset", is an Gordon Beck original composition and features Gordon and Jeremy Brown on bass and Stephen Keogh on drums.

Buy this, NOW!!!!!!
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I did not buy this for a long time fearing it would be prentious tosh and make me question my belief that Mr King is a jazz god, but I relented, invested, and realize that it confirms his place in he pantheon of greats. The melding of jass group and string quartet is done with the skill of a master . This is just up there with the way that To Macero could build Miles tracks, this is awesome stuff.
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Definitive proof that pianist Gordon Beck is the finest pianist to ever come out of the U.K.!! 6 Oct. 2009
By Jazz Fan in PA - Published on Amazon.com
Attention Gordon Beck fans - YOU NEED THIS ALBUM!!

If you love Jazz and especially Gordon Beck than you owe it to yourself to buy this CD or MP3 Download.

The interplay between the Lyric String Quartet meshed with a Jazz Quartet of piano, bass, drums and saxophone must be heard to be believed!! It works!!

Track 2, "Le Sunset", is an Gordon Beck original composition and features Gordon and Jeremy Brown on bass and Stephen Keogh on drums.

Buy this, NOW!!!!!!
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