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Lush Life [CD]

Peter King , Gordon Beck , Gerard Presencer Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Mar 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Miles Music
  • ASIN: B00002MNPR
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,229 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. In A MonochromePeter King, Gerard Presencer, Steve Melling, Jeremy Brown , Stephen Keogh 9:190.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Lush Life (Solo)Peter King 4:310.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Tristan's SongPeter King, Steve Hamilton, Jeremy Brown , Stephen Keogh 6:080.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. LustPeter King, Gordon Beck, Lyric String Quartet, Jeremy Brown , Stephen Keogh 5:060.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Brazilian ThoroughfarePeter King, Gerard Presencer, Steve Melling, Jeremy Brown , Stephen Keogh 6:500.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Scrambled EggsPeter King, Gerard Presencer, Steve Hamilton, Jeremy Brown , Stephen Keogh 9:040.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Spirit Of OrnettePeter King, Gerard Presencer, Steve Melling, Jeremy Brown , Stephen Keogh 5:380.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Prisoner's SongPeter King, Steve Hamilton, Jeremy Brown , Stephen Keogh 5:500.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Ronnie's SorrowPeter King, Steve Hamilton, Jeremy Brown , Stephen Keogh 9:170.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Flying ScotsmanPeter King, Steve Hamilton, Jeremy Brown , Stephen Keogh 5:390.89  Buy MP3 

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King is a master craftsman of the saxophone and one of the British players who has made an impact on the international scene. This extraordinary album shows why. Like so many players his first influence was Charlie Parker, but these days he is very much his own man. He solos always with power and authority, and never better than he does on this album. He is imaginative and original, and one of the most moving tracks in this set is "Tristan's Song", played on soprano and King's attempt to capture the poignancy of Wagner's masterpiece. The use of a string quartet on this and another composition of his, "Lust", evokes memories of Stan Getz's "Focus" collaboration with Eddie Sauter. The alto on "Lust" sails through the strings very much as Getz did on "Night Rider". Apart from the broiling saxophone inventions, pianists Steve Hamilton and Gordon Beck are outstanding and Gerard Presencer's trumpet makes a good foil for King in the tracks on which he appears. The two horns make a satisfyingly mellow voice in ensemble but appropriately it is the leaping, tumbling saxophone solos that rivet one's attention. --Steve Voce

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An outstanding recording featuring saxophonist Peter King's quintet (with Gerard Prescencer) in full flow plus (on one track) Gordon Beck and the Lyric String Quartet. This 1998 recording catches Peter King's working band of that time in full flow on a repertoire of surprising breadth - Latin music, boiling Coltranesque sermons, fast bebop and exquisitely delicate and often poignant ballads. Joining the saxophonist on this outstanding CD are trumpeter Gerard Prescencer, pianist Steve Melling and the propulsive bass and drums partnership of Jeremy Brown and Stephen Keogh. One track, "Lust", adds an extra dimension to the album by setting thriller movie strings against double time alto soloing and features long time associate, pianist Gordon Beck together with the Lyric String Quartet.

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5.0 out of 5 stars 'King' of the UK Altoists. 14 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
During the 1980's I watched Peter play on occasion at my regular jazz club in Birmingham, he was good then, damm good!.
This CD then, and the fact of his expanded repertoire within it,since those early years, comes as no surprise or shock to me, those early recollections of his club playing echoed and remembered firstly in 'Lush Life', a sax solo portraying his talent and immense breadth and ability for improvisation....

New to me are the beautiful, haunting,and moody 'semi-classical' overtones of both Tristan's and the Prisoners songs, which while appearing 'sorrowful', express a beauty and deep warmth of emotion of their own; listen carefully to find your own!(emotions)
'Brazilian Thoroughfare', heralds a further change to Peter's repertoire, a flowing, swaying, smooth latin groove as he 'breezes' in and out, going with the flow.
Followed by a veritable feast of 'Scrambled Eggs',though nothing scrambled about the music in this mellow, jazz number, in which, seemingly, a forever modest Peter King, allows for the generous participation of his co-musicians.
Lastly, and not forgetting his deeply 'emotional' soprano treatment of 'Ronnie's Sorrow', there's feeling in this, a personal reminiscence perhaps?, of course, for an absent friend, need we say more!
Finally, although not exhaustive of the artist or this album by any means, hope the above thoughts go toward truly relecting the esteem in which I hold this superb Altoist.
To see or hear Peter play, is an experience not to be missed, indeed an opportunity to sample,indulge and immerse yourself into the 'lush life' of his unique and versatile playing style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great modern jazz from top musicians. 17 Jun 2014
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This Peter King album from 1998 shows the saxophonist at his best. Like the album "Janus" PK uses the Lyric string quartet on two tracks, both to great effect. As has been mentioned elsewhere, the track "Lust", also featuring pianist Gordon Beck, has overtones of the Stan Getz album "Focus".

The title track is a solo feature for PK. Since this recording, he seems to have incorporated into his live performances on a regular basis. PK is not alone to have recorded "Lush Life" as a solo (e.g. Joe Henderson, Archie Shepp) this is good a version as any. It is played with skill, virtuosity and musicality.

The other tracks are quartet / quintet recordings. The trumpeter is Gerard Prescencer. Jeremy Brown (b) and Stephen Keogh (d) seem to feature throughout, but overall there are three pianists: Steve Melling, Gordon Beck and Steve Hamilton.

The music through out is superb. Apart from Lush Life, all the tunes are by band members.

My only criticism, and really does it matter except to the musicians themselves, is that sorting out who is on which track is extremely confusing!

Peter King is one of the world's greatest alto players and we hear him here on top form, so why worry about the line-ups, just sit back and enjoy this album that deserves to be better known. There is a good variety of tempos and styles. Great entertainment for the lover of modern jazz with a high content of bop.
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