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Sounds and Silence: Travels with Manfred Eicher [Blu-ray] [2011] [Region Free]
Sounds and Silence: Travels with Manfred Eicher [Blu-ray] [2011] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Peter Guyer
Price: £20.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and flawless..., 8 April 2015
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Beautiful film, the production values, as expected for ECM,are superb. A fascinating insight into the process of creating the signature audio world of Manfred Eicher' s renowned label, the capture of pristine sources and performances in spaces all over the world and Manfred's unerring ability to get the best and most flawless results with his calm reassuring attention to detail. Highly recommended, especially for any student recording engineers, but also for anyone remotely interested in the art of making music, be it classical, jazz or world music.

Are We Still Rolling?
Are We Still Rolling?
Price: £7.43

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Although it may a little short on ..., 9 Sept. 2014
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Great book. Although it may a little short on detailed techniques for some, there is a lot of good info here and altogether this is a very enjoyable collection of "diaries" by a recording engineer responsible for many classic albums over the last four decades...

The Impossible Gentlemen
The Impossible Gentlemen
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Price: £11.14

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning statement of intent... Buy now!!!, 11 Aug. 2011
This debut from The Impossible Gentlemen is full to bursting with accessible melodies, burning ensemble and solo instrumental prowess and most importantly, heart. You can hear the question and answer processes between this quartet of stellar musicians as they rip joyously through the wide ranging compositions, their seemingly telepathic understanding allowing the pieces to develop spectacularly. Highlights include the heart wrenching ballad "When You Hold Her" and the group interplay on "You Won't Be Around To See It" - all in all this album is a stunning statement of intent from a band you will be hearing a lot more from.

Madhouse & The Whole Thing There
Madhouse & The Whole Thing There

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5.0 out of 5 stars A joyous confirmation that jazz has a major new creative force..., 30 Jun. 2008
Mike Walker has developed an original, signature guitar style over the years, coupling incredible harmonic finesse with a raw muscularity that engages, then grabs an audience by the scruff of the neck and takes them on what is, most often, a breathtaking journey. His stellar live performances,with both his own bands and jazz legends such as Tal Farlow, Kenny Wheeler, Bill Frisell, Vince Mendoza and George Russell to name but a few, have drawn wide acclaim and further contributed to the enormous buzz of anticipation surrounding the release of this long awaited album. Until now, however, his only recorded output has been limited to his many sympathetic support roles on other peoples' albums.

Now, though, it's time to put the record straight and the public can finally get to hear what all the fuss has been about.

This is an incredibly confident piece of work and speaks volumes about the full range of Mike's talents from start to finish. It showcases not only his prodigious guitar technique, but also a finely judged compositional style, which draws on many of his formative influences and unselfishly allows plenty of space for others, coaxing magnificent performances and solos from the many musicians gathered here.

The compositions range from the Brazilian flavours of opener "A Real Embrace", featuring string section, vocal chorus, nylon strung guitar and a sublime, feathery tenor sax solo courtesy of co-producer Iain Dixon, to the frantic,fractured guitar of the wholly improvised "In Two Minds". "I'll Tell 'im" is a particular highlight, the theme of schizophrenia explored by doubling many of the instruments, bass clarinet and guitar carrying on a chattering, twisted "conversation", all the while a relentless groove driving the track forwards. Beautifully recorded and texturally deep, many subtle details within the tracks reveal themselves only on repeated listens.

In my opinion, this album is destined to be a modern jazz classic. Awesome.

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