- Audio CD (28 Mar. 2005)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Vap
- ASIN: B0001LNPTG
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,722,526 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Peggy's Blue Skylight Import
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Top Customer Reviews
The musicians supporting Andy in this enterprise are all first rate and the synergy between them is magnificent. The orchestration on many of the tracks is wonderful and it's so nice to hear real cellos and violins etc. rather than the sampled stuff one so often comes across these days.
I have seven Andy Summers albums, having first discovered his solo talents when I bought The Golden Wire many years ago. Like that album, Peggy's Blue Skylight is definitely one of my favourites. More purchases are in the pipeline.
Time to put things in order. Like Sting (one wonders who got the idea/inspiration first), Andy has spent a lot of time expanding his musical palette and exploring jazz. This doesn't surprise me. With talents always obviously well above the demands of pop, jazz offers the more and accomplished & serious musician a greater challenge and fewer boundaries (not to say commercial considerations).
Having explored the work of Theolonius Monk on 1999 's Green Chimneys, as if that wasn't a big enough challenge (I would suggest Monk is one of the greatest and complex jazz composers of all time), Peggy's Blue Skylight contains all covers of the enigmatic Charles Mingus, and, refreshingly, the slightly more obscure side of the man too.
Working with such renowned and diverse musicians as trumpeter Randy Brecker, the Kronos Quartet, Deborah Harry, rapper Q Tip and Jazz Passengers Curtis Fowlkes, Roy Nathanson and Rob Thomas, this is Mingus with a contemporary slant, and an amazing variety of styles and influences; reggae, rock, funk, gypsy jazz, R&B, chamber music, tango and conga.
Often times beautiful, sometimes dark, the creative daring and instrumental ingenuity showed in both Andy's arrangements and playing is stunning, the rhythmic & melodic complexity and stylistic diversity of his music showing that while these are not his compositions, he has clearly found his own sense of the music and done himself considerable justice.
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having bought this little wonder for much the same reason as its only other amazon reviewer thus far (ie; I also picked up on Green Chimneys, mr Summer's Monk outing), I feel I... Read morePublished on 31 Oct. 2000 by D'Arcy