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5.0 out of 5 stars 'King' of the UK Altoists., 14 May 2003
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S C Cameron-Smith (Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Lush Life (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.
Thanks
Steve.
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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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