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A Biography of the Rev. Absalom Dawe
A Biography of the Rev. Absalom Dawe

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the foremost British musicians of all time, 1 Aug. 2002
This wonderful album features Surman on his own playing alto and bass clarinets, soprano and baritone saxophones and keyboards. (Over-dubbing obviously)
From the ethereal First Light this album is a tour de force. Countless Journeys has a crablike rhythm underpinning the soaring soprano.
The following A Monastic Calling and Druids Circle are well named with the music so fitting.
The music never gets self-indulgent despite the lack of other musicians. Surman is a master technician as well as being a first rate improvisor. His playing has an emotional level reached by so few others. He is without doubt one of the foremost British musicians of all time, and should be recognised on the world stage.
Listen to the subtelty of the playing on 'Twas But Peity and Wayfarer.
If you are into Surman you can recognise his music quite easily, however it is never predictable. It is difficult to pick out individual tracks as the whole album is just so damned good.


13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut album, 1 Aug. 2002
This review is from: Rainmaker (Audio CD)
Guitarist/singer/song writer Michael Chapmans first album was originally released in 1969. It was a fine debut. It has a few rough edges but never mind.
The first track It Didnt Work Out rocks along good ho with the atmospheric instrumental Rainmaker following.
You Say is a beautiful song as is is No-one Left To Care. The guitarist has several fine musicians lending a hand including Rick Kemp, Danny Thompson, Clem Clemson and Aynsley Dunbar.
No Song To Sing is another winner featuring some fine acoustic bass from Thompson I presume.
One Time Thing may be the best on the album. Very much a song of its time but still sounding good.
There are 5 bonus tracks for those that like that sort of thing. They are interesting but as usual take away the feeling of the original whole.
His second album Fully Qualified Survivor is brilliant.

The Survivor's Suite
The Survivor's Suite
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense, passionate and beautiful, 1 Aug. 2002
This review is from: The Survivor's Suite (Audio CD)
Recorded in 1977 with Jarretts classic group with Dewey Redman on Tenor, Charlie Haden on Bass and Paul Motian on Drums. The Survors Suite is basically one piece of music: Beginning/Conclusion.
The maintheme is so haunting with Jarrett on soprano sax alongside Redman before moving to piano. Redman then proceeds to remind everyone what a brilliant sax player he is. It is intense, passionate and beautiful music.
Conclusion starts off with a rumbustious passage again featuring some impassioned honking and wailing from the remarkable Redman. Motian then cuts loose before Jarrett wades in with some exquisite ivory tinkling. There is some more soprano sax and bass recorder before the main theme returns interspersed with the theme from the start of Conclusion. It is just an incredible musical journey.
This group made several fine albums in the 70s but this one and Death Of A Flower are the pick of an excellent crop. Buy now.

By The Way...
By The Way...
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Price: £28.95

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Big Music from Gibbs, 31 July 2002
This review is from: By The Way... (Audio CD)
Excellent stuff from 1993
It is a mixture of re-worked early Gibbs tunes and new stuff.
Musicians include Julian Arguelles, Iain Ballamy, Charlie Mariano and Evan Parker on saxes, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Steve Swallow, Bob Moses and John Marshall. Unheralded guitarist Mike Walker gets a chance to shine in exalted company and does not disappoint.
It is the rich, collective sound of the band in full flow that is the real star however. Gibbs ploughs an original furrow.
Lots of Gibbs favoured syrupy-sounding sax and brass arrangements.
Its not as good as the 1970 Deram album called Michael Gibbs featuring John Surman, Jack Bruce and Chris Spedding amongst others but what is.
Also when is someone going to release the excellent In The Public Interest album, originally on Polydor in the 70s.
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Filles De Kilimanjaro
Filles De Kilimanjaro
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Price: £9.89

30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz abstraction and blues diffraction, 30 July 2002
This review is from: Filles De Kilimanjaro (Audio CD)
Its 1968 and its a heady brew of highly original, dark, intense, ethereal jazz from Davis.
Personnel: Davis, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock or Chic Corea, Ron Carter or Dave Holland and Tony Williams.
Williams has ants in his pants throughout. What energy. He is phenomenal.
Its a very unique sound even for this band.
Hancock or Corea play both piano and electric piano.
The horn players come out with some weird haunting melodies.
You can certainly hear the influences of rock creeping in. (James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Cream)
As the sleeve notes put it: "bestrides the fault line between jazz abstraction and blues diffraction" Could not have put it better myself, whatever it means.
The closing 16 minutes of the final track Mademoiselle Mabry is the highpoint of a staggering piece of work.

Edgar Broughton Band / Inside Out
Edgar Broughton Band / Inside Out
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beligerent Broughtons, 30 July 2002
2 albums in one.
The first one (1971} is the more musical but they have not managed to reach the heights of the previous wonderful Sing Brother Sing album.
The opening Evening Over Rooftops is a belter but may be slightly over-produced. (strings and The Ladybirds on backing vocals) It was often the starkness of their previous album that made it work so well.
Lots of good stuff though. The Birth, House Of Turnabout, Madhatter, its nearly all good.
The second album Inside Out (1972) I am not yet familiar with. It is very political but on initial listenings it is not near as musically interesting as their previous work.
The Broughton Boys have there own little corner of my heart.

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6 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better, 30 July 2002
This review is from: Moodswing (Audio CD)
A fine quartet with Redman on sax, Brad Mehldau on piano, Christian McBride on bass and Brian Blade on drums. The first track Sweet Sorrow sets the albums tone, its a mournful ballad nicely handled.
Chill and Rejoice are progressively more upbeat but the whole album is very laid back. On Rejoice Melhdau reminds me of the late Don Grolnick.
The pining Faith plays like a pop ballad.
Alone In The Morning is a bit sleazy for me.
Track 7 Dialogue gets a bit more daring as the band frees out with Coltranes influence shining through. The Oneness Of Two (In Three) has a main theme reminiscent of an earlier Coltrane offering.
Its a decent album with talented playing but probably lacks that bit of originality that would set it apart. Too much of it sounds like a jazz training manual and the pallette is a tad limited.

Exile's Gate
Exile's Gate
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dark in tone and presentation, 29 July 2002
This review is from: Exile's Gate (Audio CD)
Powerful tenor man Thomas lays down some heavy grooves.
2 bands, one featuring Charles Covington on Hammond organ, Paul Bollenback on guitar and Jack DeJohnette on drums. The other has Tim Murphy on Hammond, Marvin Sewell on guitar, Ed Howard on bass and Terri Lynne Carrington on drums.
Starts off with the real busy, rumbustious title track and moves onto a more laid back Like Someone In Love. Thats until Sewell cranks up his guitar, followed by Thomas' frenetic sax stylings.
Kulture Bandits is a jerky affair featuring a power conversation betweens Sewell's long guitar wails and the leaders bubbling sax.
It all progresses down a similar avenue. Not near enough variation for my tastes. Dark in tone and presentation. I hope Thomas is happier than his music.

The American in Me
The American in Me
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forbert finds fine form, 29 July 2002
This review is from: The American in Me (Audio CD)
Released in 1991 after singer/guitarist/story-teller Forbert's comeback album Sreets Of This Town. This album is more varied and a bit better.
Kicks off with a typical straight-ahead rocker Born Too Late.
If Your'e Waiting On Me is a far subtler offering in the unique intimate Forbert style.
Responsibilty too is pure vintage Stevie. A stunner played live where Forbert mainly plays solo compared to the album's group setting.
The title track should have been a hit single someplace. A middle-America driving song.
There is not a bad track on the album.
Forbert's highly unique, plaintive singing voice and musical hooks set him apart. Some of his albums are stronger than others however. This one is recommended.

Shadows In The Air (OLD VERSION)
Shadows In The Air (OLD VERSION)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On top form, 25 July 2002
Singer/composer/bassist Bruce releases a new album full of great stuff. As well as a plethora of new material their is a reworking of a few classics from his back catalogue. Fine contributions from Eric Clapton, Gary Moore, Vernon Reid and a host of drummers/percussionists. But the real star is Bruces impassioned voice. Soft, loud, slow, fast he sings with true feeling and skill. Welcome back Jack.

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