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Hidden Colours
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 23 October 2002
The Dave Rees-Williams trio, at their best, provide a wonderful example of how jazz/classical crossover can really create a new art form. Of course it has been done before, and Dave himself has credited Jacques Loussier as an inspiration for his previous work. But in this CD he has really moved on beyond Loussier (and, frankly, miles beyond Miles and Gil Evans as well). Just listening to the Cesar Franck piece made me want to revisit the original piano score for comparison, and I was constantly impressed by the way the trio made this complex music accessible, without ever being facile. Of course, they are following in the footsteps of distinguished jazzmen, but they do have something new and distinctive to add. At their best - such as the blues treatment of Purcell's "when I am laid in earth" - they are just brilliant. Jazz anoraks beware!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 22 May 2003
I am not prone to writing reviews. Very fond of realding them mind you before I purchase. Anyway having read the 1 star comments below I was compelled to write and advise anyone considering purchasing this CD that it is superb and more than repays repeated lsitening.
Anyone who thinks they can voice an opinion after having heard something twice does not strike me as a serious mucic critic!
The music here is clever and imagainative and after a few listens it will wash over you an transport you from the daily grind to a "Cooler" place. Do yourself a favour - take the chance - you won't regret it!!!!!!!!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 23 July 2002
Yes, David Rees-Williams is one of a few modern-day musical geniuses. Admittedly, the concept of what he is doing, that is to take old music and add a new, previously unseen slant on it, is not unique - but it is the way in which it is executed within the trio which gives it that special quality. Dave will no doubt claim no credit for the musical ingenuity of the pieces on the CD, but it is his solid musical background coupled with his tremendous foresight and dexterity which allow the music to express itself in previous, unknown ways. Imagine having a piece of modern art hanging on the wall. Now imagine someone comes along and hangs it upside down. The general idea is still there, but now it is being seen from a different angle. It is exactly the same concept behind the trio's music.
The structure of each of the pieces which is 'explored' is generally retained, but as the title suggests, various ideas are explored within that structure, but at the same time never losing sight of the original material. My favourite piece is the second - it starts off playfully, but soon develops and passes through elements of light funk, even walking bass. Just one example of the many colours explored.
I highly recommend this CD - for the layman, it provides some unique fantastic background / dinner music which is bound to prove a conversation piece, and for the musician, it provides a fascinating insight into musical structures and improvisations, and goes a long way towards bridging the gap between modern-day expressions and those of the past.
Full marks - Top Tunes from the Top Trio!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I was a bit apprehensive at having to pay much more for this CD than I normally would, because it is rare (I bought it as an anniversary present for my husband). However, when we listened to the CD, we realised that we have something very special. The David Rees-Williams trio offer their modern interpretation of some very well-known baroque and classical pieces, and they absolutely keep to the spirit of the pieces, as well as developing beautiful jazz nuances within the music. A lovely, contemplative CD.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 December 2009
As a music fan, I like to keep an open mind, but was truthfully a little wary of a Classical-meets-Jazz CD. However upon my first listen, all concerns were dispelled, because this album is simply fantastic! The David Rees-Williams Trio are clearly masterful musicians which translates into an ability to keep the core piece of Classical in a recognisable sense whilst giving it a completely new, exciting & successful sound. In fact, what is created is so clever that it is difficult to describe & therefore I can only strongly recommend that you obtain your own copy. You will thank yourself! Following my happy CD purchase, I found them on the internet, realised that they were touring & went to see them live which was amazing & another indicator of this CD's brilliance.
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6 of 28 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 9 September 2002
Jacques Loussier did it first decades ago (but doesn't get a line in either The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, or Jazz, The Rough Guide in recognition), while Bill Evans, Fred Hersch (Spartacus), Miles Davis (Rodrigo) and others have done it miles better (sorry about the pun). So why all the fuss about another jazz treatment of the classics?
I listened to the CD twice and didn't return. Clever treatments, competent musicianship, but a wow! factor of zero for me I'm afraid. To misquote ex-MP Graham Bell this disc is "interesting but not important - like a skate boarding duck".
It's all harmless enough, and if it ticks your boxes fair enough. But I would like to know why it gets so much air-time on Radio 3, although the fact that it's on the Beeb's own record label probably is not unrelated.
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