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One of the best Jazz albums I have heard for a while,
This review is from: Common Ground (Audio CD)
I admit to being a Gary Burton fan, and this is such a joy. Yes, and I also saw him perform numbers from this album recently at Ronnie Scott's in London. So, there is a bias. And he signed the cover.
I have had this a week now and have played it many times. Now there are a lot of jazz albums that I might only play occasionally and I would not be playing "Common Ground" if I did not find the album so beautiful. The tango,"Last Snow", is a favourite and I love Burton when he does a tango as it so smooth and just like a butterfly on a flower, just touching the notes just beautifully. One of the number I first liked of his that got me into his music was "Reactionary Tango" from his earlier album "Easy as Pie". "Late Night Sunrise" is a gorgeous start to the album, played by some amazing musicians. In fact I like just about every track, apart from "My Funny Valentine" which passes me by. And I have always found it difficult to understand why jazz musicians like this number as many, including Miles Davis, have covered it.
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Initial post: 23 Sep 2011, 12:07:05 BST
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F. M. Muse says:
The reason so many muscians like My Funny Valentine is in part almost certainly due to the chord structure which enables musicians room for manoeuvre and improvisation. and possibly too, the bluesy, melancholic, elegiac feel that this song has; personally I find it timeless and I would have thought it had resonance for anyone who's loved and lost, or maybe simply been in love.
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