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MAGNIFICENT MUSICAL MASTERPIECE
on 12 June 2012
I am a massive fan of Mr Surmaan and have seen him live on many occasions,i especially remember his 50th birthday concert in the Purcel room in 1994,he was astonishing,especially when he played Road to St Ives in its entirity and now 18 years later another Cornish influenced album is issued.
"Whistmans wood" starts of the journey,with typical Surman playing,a very English "Miss Marple "type song,very impressive indeed.
"Glass Flower"isa a shorter track(three minutes and thirty seconds) but it is beautifuly played on the baritone sax with no synthesizer involved.
"On Sladdon heights"is the longest track so far and it benefits from having time to develope,shades of a Jan Garbarek influence can be heard.
"Triadichorum"again a short three minute track with multtitracking.
"Winter Elegy" an 8 minute wander around the musical soundscape that Surman so effortlessly evokes,this conjures up visions of Dartmoor(a place i know very well)on a misty morning.
"Aelfin"is a very dhort track that is followed by
"Saltash Bells" the title track,in which John gives a virtuoso performance,at over ten minutes,this explores the musicality of a fantastic musician.
"Dark Reflections"is a more jolly tune double tracked with John playing alto clarinet.
"The crooked inn" is a two minute track that sounds as good as anything on this CD
"Sailing Westward" is the longest track on the album and its epic quality shines through.
The packaging is as usual for ECM top rate.
Surman also thanks his son Pablo Benjamin for helping him find the right synthesizer sounds on the album.
This is a contender for album of the year
JOHN SURMAN.....SOPRANO,TENOR AND BARITONE SAXOPHONES,ALTO BASS AND CONTRABASS CLARINETS,HARMONICA AND SYNTHESIZERS
RECORDED IN 2009
RELEASED IN 2012