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Julian Bream - My Life in Music [DVD]
Julian Bream - My Life in Music [DVD]
Dvd ~ Julian Bream
Price: 17.99

47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Life, 1 Oct 2006
This DVD is just perfect, from the superb performances to the warmth and insight of the man himself. The settings - 'The Maltings' for the pieces recorded for the DVD and his house in Hardy country for the reminscences are quite beautiful. Additionally you get lots of archive footage of JB, together with a duet with John Williams and a surprise bonus - a chunk of Django Reinhardt which is very rare.

It's only recently that I've come to realise his preeminence as a guitarist, with more feel and drive than your average modern-day classical guitarists who tend to sound timid and careful in comparison. This is all apparent on the DVD. The anecdotes, from his humble beginnings to his work with Britten and Villa-Lobos are all very entertaining and enlightening. A great production. Totally recommended.

Dim Lit
Dim Lit
Offered by music_by_mail_uk
Price: 18.95

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twin horn heaven from Rochford, 18 Sep 2004
This review is from: Dim Lit (Audio CD)
This is a wonderful example the new London jazz sound, with references to Coltrane and 60's jazz but more disciplined and ensemble-focused - it could be called 'post-jazz' I guess, with a mellowness that would be cool at the proverbial dinner-party - it has a wider appeal than to just jazz-buffs. The pieces are tightly arranged, and the 'limitations' of two horns with no piano or guitar become one of the album's strengths - intriguing two part horn harmonies running like a thread tying up all the pieces. We get the usual sublime Seb Rochford drums - kind of loose but always on the case and great Max Roach-like dynamics on the rolls - the tunes are all by him as well and for me this was a revelation - I didn't expect his compositions to reach this level. The production is great and sounds like the pro-tools crowd didn't get a look-in - I haven't heard acoustic instruments sound this good. Great charisma, great artwork, go ahead buy it!

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