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Not Iain's best effort!,
This review is from: More Jazz (Audio CD)
The above reviewers seem to be raving about this one, as did Jazzwise & other respected jazz papers - difficult to criticize well known figures on the UK scene (when you're part of it). Although I think Iain's an excellent player, and has made some great albums, this in my humble opinion is not his best one.
I find that Iain's playing (on the album) is rather busy and at times lacks space in his solo lines. This style of soloing can - to me - become a bit monotone after a few tracks. Having said that, there are some attractive medium tempo pieces (ex: 'St Ella'), with the melodies being based on re-inventions of standard chord progressions. One of the best is probably his 'Tribute to Alan Skidmore .... ', certainly the most swinging tunes on this CD. Iain Ballamy makes a few 'interesting' changes to these standard chord patterns, but they don't always work so well - Jerry Bergonzi tried the same idea on his Blue Note release 'Standards'.
Anyhow all that said Iain Ballamy is a player of impeccable taste, playing beautiful lines and writing great music. But for my money I would opt for one of of the FOOD CDs, Balloon Man (a classic, if you can find a copy), Little Radio etc.