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Movements in Colour - Seven colourful movements
on 25 April 2009
Never one to rest on his laurels and produce a formulaic album of straight ahead jazz,Andy Sheppard launches into yet another of his many varied projects.Theses seven pieces are inspired by paintings but i feel are more indicative of ones ever changing moods rather than pieces of art. with Sheppard himself ,the two guitar line-up of John Parricelli and Eivind Aarset plus Arild Anderson on bass and Kuljit Bharma on tabla this really is a multi cultural group.
The pieces themselves are quite varied with "La Tristesse Du Roi" being strongly melodic and upbeat with Parricelli taking a lovely almost Flamenco'ish guitar solo to complement Sheppard's warm toned tenor sax."We shall not go to the market today" is another warm sunny piece and probably comes across as the strongest and emotional piece of the album."The more reflective and melancholy "Internationl Blue" is very ECM'ish in its conception with subtle electronic effects and sparse guitar chords wafting behind Sheppards's bleak sounding soprano."Ballerina" takes a different approach and opens with an accoustic/electric guitar duet before some mellow tenor slips into what really is an old fashioned ballad.
There are too many pleasure to describe in full detail and suffice it to say the the sound quality and production values of ECM are fautless as always.
A diferent and enjoyable album for relaxed evening listening.Enjoy.