Top critical review
Enjoyable rather than Essential Listening Experience
on 11 October 2015
I purchased this album expecting a totally successful marriage between Classic and Jazz. For the most part I don't believe that this perfect marriage is in evidence here. Very often each piece is treated in essentially much the same , seemingly pre-planned way . IE The pieces of music in question are played in a largely straightforward Classical rendering for the first half and then suddenly this approach is abandoned as the second half is given a Jazz/Swing style of treatment. The Jazz sections don't appear to be improvisational but rather safe and slightly unadventurous .Of course I realise that pieces in this collection may well have been regarded as being innovative and even radical in their own time.
Things attain a greater level of attitude , originality and innovation at a later stage in the album when the two musical types are woven together much more successfully ; the excellent drumming deserves credit in this context.
What is contained here regrettably often isn't really close to conveying the profound depth and integrity that J S Bach's music usually possesses.
Despite the criticisms that I have aired I have to say that I still find this particular collection to be a rather enjoyable and happy listening experience overall.