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The jazz-orientated Hidden Colours is among the flurry of CD releases spawned from BBC Radio 3's Late Junction programme. Pianist David Rees-Williams, formerly based in London but now settled in Canterbury, has made a CD which brings the Bill-Evans-type jazz trio approach to a bunch of "popular" classics, from Purcell and Bach to Grieg and Debussy. No-one (not even the liner note writer) is claiming this to be anything new--after all, Jacques Loussier was doing something very similar 40 years ago with Play Bach--but Rees-Williams and his cohorts make a decent stab at it, respecting the essential character of each piece of music and ensuring they stay well within the bounds of what is generally accepted to be good taste. In this they are to be differentiated from the likes of the Vienna Art Orchestra and Uri Caine, who are more radical in their reinterpretations of the classics. David Rees-Williams is more likely to be associated with the George Winstons of this world. If that is a place you like to be, this collection will appeal strongly. --Keith Shadwick
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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!!!!!!!!
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!
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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