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The Journey Home [CD]

Colin Steele Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Mar 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Caber Music
  • ASIN: B0000C83XH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,533 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The London Heist
2. Lament For Miles
3. Real Deal
4. The Journey Home
5. Superdean
6. Bacharach On Loch Winnoch
7. Fishing For Pearls: Intro
8. Fishing For Pearls: Theme
9. Variation On A Dream

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This second Colin Steele CD is following hard on the heels of his criticially acclaimed first release, by causing nothing less than critical breathlessness in certain quarters. For fans of the first album (and anyone else who likes melodic and atmospheric music stamped by a fantastic sound and quality of musicianship) this is a must-buy as the band are bolstered by new Scottish bass sensation Aidan O'Donnell, and boldly strike deeper into the uplifting and optimistic, harmonically simple and deeply moving folk-jazz territory they claimed as their own in Twilight Dreams. Newly adopted Scot Julian Argüelles shines again on saxophones as does emerging piano star Dave Milligan, but it is totally identifiable Steele signature as composer, and his equally arresting trumpet sound and beautifully measured soloing that gives this CD its centre of gravity. Among the press accolades for this release were CD of the Week - The Observer & Guardian and it featured in nearly every Critics' Choice of 2003.

BBC Review

While jazz musicians haven't been slow to absorb musics from other cultures, they've been more reluctant to plunder their own folk music traditions for inspiration. There are exceptions (particularly in Europe), but it's a phenomenon that's only recently been noted on our own shores, and even then it's not happening much.

This is the second album from trumpeter/composer Steele. He'sturned to his homeland for inspiration, partly to solve the oldproblem of finding a musical identity ina n essentially American music, but his incorporation of Gaelic folk elements is subtle to a fault. It's felt in the clarity of his melodies, the occasional pedal point drone from an arco bass or the flurries of Julian Arguelles' soprano (sounding uncannily like a set of Uillean pipes at times), but you'd never take this for some lame folk/fusion attempt.

The inspirations are many; crisp, hard bop a la Lee Morgan; the impressionism of Miles or Shorter and the poised, precise counterpoint of the West Coast mesh sweetly with the occasional highland airs (and the odd Burt Bacharach pastiche). Arguelles brings a slightly bucolic presence with his fleet, agilesoprano, and his blurry tenor is equally evocative on the few occasions it's heard.But it's Steele's graceful lines that dominate; he has a luscious, even tone reminiscent of Freddie Hubbard and a leaning towards the 'walking on eggshells' delicacy of Miles or Chet Baker. Not an original template perhaps, but who cares when the music is this engaging -the solo on the title track is a yearning, gloriouslyheart-tugging excursion that could bring tears to the eyes.

Dave Milligan's piano provides sensitive harmonic underpinning and swelling rhapsodic solos, while bassist Aidan O' Donnell looks like a name to watch; there's a hint of Dave Holland about him (particularly in his fat, punchy tone). Scotjazz veteran John Rae provides, crisp rhythmic support. Steele's tunes have that rare quality of sticking around in your head long after the CD's back in its box (the closing "Variation on a Dream" is languidly infectious); that's a rare thing in itself, and enough reason to check out this wee gem of a record. --Peter Marsh

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4.0 out of 5 stars A great sound with a Celtic twist 22 Sep 2003
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Format:Audio CD
"The Journey Home" has the relaxed virtuosity of a group of musicians who are really enjoying their job. It’s immediately engaging with the classic five piece line-up aided by the album’s beautifully recorded open sound and live dynamic.

Most of the album is quite up-tempo but I had ordered it after hearing just the second track, "Lament for Miles", on the radio. There’s the same frisson you remember from hearing "Flamenco Sketches" for the first time - you just stop what you’re doing to listen. Steele's phrasing and line-up may sometimes echo that sound from "Kind of Blue" but he also gives his compositions their own Celtic twist. So, while there is a warm acknowledgement of that influence, Steele's own sound remains distinct, contemporary and immensely satisfying.

There's nothing edgy or experimental here but "The Journey Home" will be an album you come back to again and again simply for the pleasure of listening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 2nd CD 17 Jun 2005
By Charlie
Format:Audio CD
This is a captivating and innovative recording that moves away from the American jazz idiom. 'The Journey Home', while still belonging in the jazz genre, has its true identity in the music of Scotland (everything that it should be, rather than the usual 'celtic' tat).
It is an exceptional CD, and promises great things for the future of jazz.
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