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Metropolis CD

4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (8 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: BGO Records
  • ASIN: B00000JTBB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,917 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Part I [Collective Improvisation]
  2. Part II [Solos]
  3. Part III [Collective Improvisation]
  4. Part IV [Solos]
  5. Part V [Collective Improvisation]
  6. Part VI [Solos]
  7. Part VII [Solos]
  8. Part VIII [Collective Improvisation]
  9. Part IX (Solo)

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Mike WESTBROOK Metropolis CD

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Imagine if you will two bands playing at once - one improvising freely and noisily, the other playing hard-hitting jazz-rock-funk riffs in a selection of interesting tempi - with an overlay of plush brass arrangements. The Test Card scored by Albert Ayler? Not quite. But Metropolis remains an extraordinary work, even by Westbrook's own standards. His biggest ensemble assembled outside of Marching Song (23 musicians in all, including a double rhythm section, electric and acoustic) works to create an astonishing melee of impressionistic urban onomatopoeia which can sometimes ("Part I") come across like a noisy neighbour hi-fi battle (no bad thing in this instance), at other times a delicate tracery of pointillistic free interaction (the immaculate Norma Winstone on "Part III"), at yet other times like Archie Shepp hijacking the Northern Dance Orchestra (George Khan's tenor freakout on "Part VI"), and finally as a series of gorgeous ballad settings, most notably in the terribly moving finale "Part IX," a justly celebrated feature for Harry Beckett's melancholic but very Milesian trumpet which somehow manages to fuse the Miles of both Miles Ahead (those Evans-esque carpets of brass and woodwind) and In A Silent Way (the twinkling electric piano and stealthy percussion). Both the apex of, and epilogue to, Westbrook's first phase of large-scale composing, Metropolis can still astonish and touch three-and-a-half decades later.
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By J. Mcdonald TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Jan. 2016
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This was my first Mike Westbrook album – I got it on LP around 1977 – and hearing it again after many years I believe it has stood the test of time very well indeed.

The re-mastering on this CD is excellent (I picked my copy up in 2014, so the sound problems that blighted the earlier release from BGO appear to have been rectified.)
This was a high-point in Westbrook's output at the time; a nine-part extended composition for a 23-piece big-band featuring the cream of British modern jazz talent of the day. The carefully structured piece is comprised of a series of free collective improvisations, simple melodic motifs, solos and chugging jazz-rock motor rhythms underpinning various sections; the ensemble work and orchestration is first-rate and the whole work has a terrifically effective dynamic, with so many stand-out contributions from the musicians involved, culminating in Harry Beckett's lonely flugelhorn solo – typical Beckett, leaking tuned fog into the microphone to the accompaniment of a quietly atmospheric, repeated piano-led figure – and perhaps one of the most bleakly beautiful pieces of music in all British jazz.
There's the added benefit of a very good liner note too – the original LP had no supporting information other than the playing order reproduced on the back of the CD.

This was recorded at a time when British jazz ceased to merely emulate American models and stepped out with it's own ideas and concepts; “Metropolis” was one of the landmarks of that process and deserves a place in your music collection - it remains a powerful listening experience, well worth discovering if you are unacquainted with Westbrook's big-band work.
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Great musical imagination.Very well played and recorded by the best players of the London jazz scene.A very important historical document.
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This album has one track I still listen to, many years after buying this album for the first time. Metropolis part 9 is my favorite jazz track ever. I prefer it to Miles' Blue in Green og Coltrane's Love Supreme. Metropolis is an utter masterpiece and probablt the most chilling piece of music you can listen to. It's full of rainy London nights and sigarettes.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wait For A Proper CD Reissue, Folks! 3 Mar. 2001
By Mark Carlin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Alas, what a disappointment. After 20 years' familiarity with my increasingly scratched antique vinyl version of this Brit jazz-rock classic, I was looking forward to having a pristine and cleaned-up version on CD. But goodness knows in which river the master tapes have been lying for the last 30 years - the sound warbles almost completely throughout the CD, and there is wow and flutter with pitch variation. Apparently Beat Goes On Records have promised to try to find a better source to master this album from in future. It's a pity, because in its proper form this is a masterpiece of jazz-rock fusion - or, more accurately, collision! - everything that "Septober Energy" attempted to be but didn't quite succeed (even though many of the same musicians play on it), and would without question have received 5 stars from me under any other circumstances. Try to hunt out the original RCA Neon vinyl if you can.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wait For A Proper CD Reissue, Folks! 3 Mar. 2001
By Mark Carlin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Alas, what a disappointment. After 20 years' familiarity with my increasingly scratched antique vinyl version of this Brit jazz-rock classic, I was looking forward to having a pristine and cleaned-up version on CD. But goodness knows in which river the master tapes have been lying for the last 30 years - the sound warbles almost completely throughout the CD, and there is wow and flutter with pitch variation. Apparently Beat Goes On Records have promised to try to find a better source to master this album from in future. It's a pity, because in its proper form this is a masterpiece of jazz-rock fusion - or, more accurately, collision! - everything that "Septober Energy" attempted to be but didn't quite succeed (even though many of the same musicians play on it), and would without question have received 5 stars from me under any other circumstances. Try to hunt out the original RCA Neon vinyl if you can.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Improved remastering 1 Nov. 2004
By Scriveyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The record has been newly remastered by BGO Records and you get now the really fabulous music in the sound quality it deserves!

BGO have done a great job and commendably have exchanged my flawed erly copy for free.

A must buy now!
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 7 April 2013
By Winfred - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Got this for one track but ended up loving two more, glad I discovered this guy, think I'll keep an eye on him.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 4stars to its artistic value;1star to the weak production 27 Mar. 2003
By Lethe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Well honestly this re-issue is a disappointing version (remastered CD format) of the original vynil, characterized by an horn-driven jazz with orchestrations ...Mike Westbrook, pianist, composer and arranger too, performed such an interesting suite in the late 60's,divided into 9 parts,with a full array of sax-solos,balanced clever riffs and a fine piano as well(so much atmospheric in the last part),completed by means of several horns excursions too. Such instruments,played with great intensity and energy and, moreover, a remarkable final trumpet solo, represent the catharsis of the whole soundtrack, thanks to the already mentioned -sweet and pleasant- piano,which creates a relax mood!! The problem is connected with the low-mixing of the remaster, which doesn't let us appreciate such intensity or also the beautiful mood of the original opera...
The RCA vynil version is recommended,instead the present remastered CD is not equal to the original Neon l.p., unfortunately ...
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