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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars original from start to finish, 27 Jun 2002
This review is from: Soundtrack (Audio CD)
After having had the pleasure of hearing Guy and the band play tracks from this album at Ronnie Scott's recently, I can only say that the music was fantastic, not to mention very inspirational. Each member of the band plays an equal role and all are excellent musicians.
My favourite tracks would have to be 'Waiting for the delay', 'Underdogs' and most of all 'Sounds in black and white', which, if you have a good imagination (and twenty minutes to spare), you will need to find a comfortable chair to sit in, close your eyes and listen to the story being told.
A great album, and if you can catch the very charming Guy Barker and his group playing live do so, you won't be disappointed.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Talented Mr Barker, 10 Jun 2002
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Guy Barker's Septet's loosely film score related disc is a virtuoso performance by a remarkable group of musicians - Dutch, French and Italian as well as British. It follows his own recent ventures into the medium. From a powerful and evocative reworking of the well known "Nature Dog" to Barker's 25 minute brilliantly original suite, "Sounds in Black and White", the band's high class playing walks a tightrope between showcasing soloists and ensemble playing. The suite in particular, modelled on a 1940's noirish thriller, will be with us a very long time. This is jazz of a high order and deserving of a place in any enthusiast's library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Excellence, 4 Jun 2013
This review is from: Soundtrack (Audio CD)
Get an ear up really close to the speaker and listen to the fabulous quality of the tone from Barker's trumpet. That purity doesn't come easy or via electronics. Then open your ears even wider and listen to what he (and his colleagues) play . . .

Each member of Guy Barker's International Septet is an exceptional musician and a fabulous improviser and on this CD you can get a very good sense of how and why. But performing live, and together, they were stratospheric. (Why oh why do we not have a Norman Granz figure publishing live jazz these days?) What would bring this album back to life (sales wise) is a 2 CD version that includes a live recording of the 'Soundtrack' performance made by the BBC at the Brecon Jazz festival - that's when I realised that British and European Jazz was alive again and in very good hands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fabulous album; Guy's best?, 15 Jun 2014
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Guy Barker is almost certainly Britain's greatest jazz trumpet player. I have had this (and many other of his albums) for more than twelve years and it remains a superb album to listen to. Every track is perfectly formed! Whether it be one of the duet / trio tracks or the septet tracks every one not only features Guy's magnificent playing, but that of his colleagues, a collection of the best jazz musicians from across Europe.

The septet is conventional in line up: trumpet (GB), trombone (Barnaby Dickenson), tenor (Denys Baptiste), alto (Rosario Giuliani), piano/organ: Jim Watson, bass (Orlando Le Fleming) and drums ( Sebastiaan de Krom). (Geoff Gascoyne (b) and Bernardo Sassetti (p) substitute on a couple of tracks).

The choice of material is interesting. Much is written by Guy Barker, some as a film score for an imaginary non-existent film. One track is part of Mozart's Magic Flute, another the popular song "Nature Boy". The length of tracks vary from 2min to 25min, the average being between 6 - 10 min.

The CD is filled to the gunwales with excellence. Truly a marvellous CD that anyone interested in the best of European jazz should own and play regularly.
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