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Not Iain's best effort!,
This review is from: More Jazz (Audio CD)
Well, the above reviewers seem to be raving about this one, as did Jazzwise & other well know jazz papers - although it must be difficult to criticize such a well known figure on the UK scene (when you're part of it). I think that Iain is an excellent player and has made some very good CDs in the past, and I suspect in the future ....... but this is not his best, although if you're a fan you'll probably want to check this one out anyhow.
I find that Iain's playing on this album is rather busy and at times it seems to lack a little space in his solo lines. So, what's wrong with that you might ask(?) .... well, it becomes a bit monotone after a few solos. Having said that there are however some more attractive medium tempo tunes - 'St Ella' is one such example. The tunes (re-writes of standard tunes) are also maybe not his best and at times a little confused melodically, he tries to make a few 'interesting' changes to these standard chord patterns which don't always come off. It's certainly true that the 'Tribute to Alan Skidmore .... ' is one of the best and most swinging tunes on this CD, but for the rest...?!
Anyhow all that said Iain Ballamy is a player of impeccable taste, playing beautiful lines and writing good tunes. But for my money I would opt for an earlier album of his - all of the FOOD CDs, Balloon Man (if you can find a copy), Little Radio etc.