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The Last Dance of Mr.X

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  • Audio CD (14 Oct. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000003GBE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Big Thing
  2. The Three Marias
  3. Strange Earth
  4. Afro Blue
  5. The Last Dance Of Mr. X
  6. Lonely Woman
  7. We See
  8. Rumpelstiltskin
  9. The Somnambulist
  10. Footprints
  11. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

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RCA 0902668937; RCA - Italia;

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A most interesting yet, on first acquaintance, seemingly self indulgent album based almost entirely on just electric guitar (there's some acoustic in the background on tracks 2 and 11), Tony Levin on (presumably his monster three string fretless) electric bass and, on drums, an exceedingly nifty fellow called Gregg Bissonette who, back in the late nineties, seemed to be getting about all over the place. This album is, however, much more than an indulgence.

Recorded in just over a week, mostly in LA, using HDCD encoding (which certainly does work), the tracks are a mix of AS originals (four, plus one co-written) and earlier compositions from the likes of Wayne Shorter, Mongo Santamaria and Thelonius Monk, arranged magnificently in a fully contemporary setting. Much virtuosity is in evidence here, for example the cover of Horace Silver's Lonely Woman, which bears comparison with the remarkable version on Pat Metheny's 1984 album Rejoicing (though Billy Higgins' amazingly ambient, bloomy wash of brushed cymbal sound remains unsurpassed).

For some reason, the opening track was recorded in NYC, with his then touring rhythm section comprising (Keiko Matsui's) Bernie Dresel on drums and (Wishful Thinking's) Jerry Watts on bass and, although it takes a good few hearings to fall into place with what follows, it's grown on me big time, including as it does a shameless rip-off of the central riff from the Cream's Sunshine Of Your Love.

Though bearing in places faint echoes of it, this certainly isn't a continuation of 1991's (brilliant) World Gone Strange, being somewhat more sombre (in places) and introspective, though not without its joyfully light and airy moments as well.
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I bought this following a recommendation from Amazon UK reviewer Julian Stevens, and I'm highly delighted I did. Please see Julian's expert review for fuller details. If you are a jazz enthusiast like I am, you may wonder what interest you might find in a recording by a pop guitarist. The answer is plenty. The first 'heavy metal' type track (Big Thing) reminds me of my favourite heavy metal album - John McLauglin's `Trio of Doom'. There is no better. I like all the tracks, but my number 1 has to be his wonderful improvisation on the Mingus tune `Goodbye Pork Pie Hat' at the end. Deeply felt and lovely to listen to. A 5 star no brainer.
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Mr X is mainly compositions by Summers himself and on the whole they are very diverse, but all very intricate. Summers' phrasing is as good as it gets. Highlights are ...Mr X, Porkpie Hat and the marvellous Rumplestiltskin.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 12 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it 18 Mar. 2002
By Jorge Barbarosa - Published on Amazon.com
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Andy is an accomplished musician, and this release really opened that facet of Summers to me. I like it, it's good, it's jazzy, it's blue, it's happy.... it's just a good release. All the recording guests shine. The percussion/drummers REALLY shine -- BRAVO!!!
Performers
Gregg Bissonette : Drums
Bernie Dresel : Drums
Tony Levin : Bass
Andy Summers : Guitar, Vocals
Jerry Jr. Watts : Bass
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MAGNIFICO! 15 April 2000
By MADC - Published on Amazon.com
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I am playing this CD everyday and every time it sounds better. ME ENCANTA LA TECNICA DE SUMMERS. Es realmente un guitarrista muy depurado, Una mezcla de Martino , Metheny y Hall. Every guitar lover should buy this one!
5.0 out of 5 stars The RajMan (Fan) Review 9 Mar. 2014
By Raj Manoharan - Published on Amazon.com
After a scorching remake of the Charming Snakes track Big Thing (with Jerry Watts on bass and Bernie Dresel on drums), Summers' guitar leads Tony Levin's bass and Gregg Bissonette's drums through a delectable mix of jazz originals and standards.

Since this is a jazz guitar trio record, there are little or no overdubs, leaving Summers to rely more on atmosphere and texture and draw extensively from his classical training. Of course, Summers also manages to come up with some interesting and unique lead guitar lines in this format. It's also a marvel to hear how much Summers, Levin, and Bissonette can achieve sonically.

In terms of the songs themselves, Summers' compositions blend seamlessly with those of jazz greats such as Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver, and Mongo Santamaria.

This is a pleasant, laid-back, and mellow detour from Summers' usual dark edginess and is similar in tone to his 1991 release World Gone Strange.
5.0 out of 5 stars His tour de force 20 Nov. 2011
By Julian Stevens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A most interesting yet, on first acquaintance, seemingly self indulgent album based almost entirely on just electric guitar (there's some acoustic in the background on tracks 2 and 11), Tony Levin on (presumably his monster three string fretless) electric bass and, on drums, an exceedingly nifty fellow called Gregg Bissonette who, back in the late nineties, seemed to be getting about all over the place. This album is, however, much more than an indulgence.

Recorded in just over a week, mostly in LA, using HDCD encoding (which certainly does work), the tracks are a mix of AS originals (four, plus one co-written) and earlier compositions from the likes of Wayne Shorter, Mongo Santamaria and Thelonius Monk, arranged magnificently in a fully contemporary setting. Much virtuosity is in evidence here, for example the cover of Horace Silver's Lonely Woman, which bears comparison with the remarkable version on Pat Metheny's 1984 album Rejoicing (though Billy Higgins' amazingly ambient, bloomy wash of brushed cymbal sound remains unsurpassed).

The opening track, recorded for some reason in NYC, is said to be augmented by (Keiko Matsui's) Bernie Dresel on drums and (Wishful Thinking's) Jerry Watts on bass and, although it takes a good few hearings to fall into place with what follows, it's grown on me big time, including as it does a shameless rip-off of the central riff from the Cream's Sunshine Of Your Love.

Though bearing in places faint echoes of it, this certainly isn't a continuation of 1991's (brilliant) World Gone Strange, being somewhat more sombre (in places) and introspective, though not without its joyfully light and airy moments as well. Mind you, it isn't easy listening either, though this is simply because the arrangements and their execution are so very accomplished and immaculately executed that they simply can't be ignored as background swash. Fave tracks are Afro Blue (by Mongo Santamaria) and Footprints (by Wayne Shorter), the latter containing some superbly crisp, fiery and fluid drumming overlaid by furious Robin Trower-like guitar work (better, in fact) and underpinned by Levin's fluidly restless, roving and awesomely potent bass lines. And in amongst all this, AS' own compositions are verging on the wondrous as well.

To carp, I suppose one might wish for a bit more colour in the form of perhaps some Hammond B3 organ, but this is a failing of the most trivial insignificance. A near total masterpiece of an album really and all the more praiseworthy considering how long he's been around, including stints with the Animals in their later incarnation and, of course, with The Police.

The sheer range of styles and sounds of Mr Summers' guitar playing is superb as well, though not to the extent that the album overall sounds in any way disjointed or uneven. Quite the contrary, in fact ~ this is a wonderfully coherent and cohesive work from a true master of his instrument, quite the best of all his albums that I've yet heard. There's absolutely nothing wrong with his work as a member of the Police, but The Last Dance of Mr X is, by comparison, in a whole other league of excellence and, sad to say, many people will never even know of it. But then it is jazz I suppose and, to many people, jazz is a closed book. They don't know what they're missing and this is one of the very best albums in my collection. Definitely one of my desert island discs.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is definitely Andy's best CD since The Police. 27 Jun. 1998
By marajade@bellatlantic.net - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Andy Summers is definitely one of the most creative guitarists of all time! He gets better & better with each release, & that is not something you can say of many artists. The Last Dance of Mr. X takes the listener through many moods, like a journey. Tony Levin plays bass on all but one track, & is well suited to Andy's unique style of guitar playing. Greg Bissonette plays drums on most tracks. Only the first song is reserved for Andy's touring band- it is an earlier song of Andy's called "Big Thing"- and the band rips through it live. I even hear a little "Sunshine of Your Love" thrown in for good measure. The cd is half new compositions from Andy, and half Jazz covers. I find myself throwing it in the cd player & listening to it again & again.
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