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3.0 out of 5 stars TIME GENTLEMEN PLEASE, 18 Jun. 2011
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The signs were not good,the first track is taken at breakneck speed,and does not bode well for the rest of the album,however the rest of the album is rather better
This seems to be ,on the surfaces a Mike Walker album as he has written about half the album,his guitar style particularly on the slower songs tends towards the John Scofield school of playing,particularly on the beautiful"Gwills Song" which for me is the highlight of the whole set.
The whole album is very pleasant to listen to,but after Simcocks excellent recent albumsGwilym Simcock - Good Days at Schloss ElmauBlues VignettePerception,i was expecting an album with more clarity.
The albums closer"Sure would baby" is a nice take on the blues.
Gwilym Simcock.....Piano
Mike Walker.....Guitar
Steve Swallow.....Bass
Adam Nussbaum......Drums
1hr 3mins 36secs.
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Initial post: 28 Jun 2011 01:43:26 BDT
Mr_Wagstaff says:
Well Finbar, this is certainly a loony review of a first rate album. I have this record and its beyond 5 stars and beyond words. "When you hold her" is a masterpiece no less.

I'm not too concerned when I read ill informed reviews here on Amazon but on this occasion the reviewer has tarnished a beautiful gift!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jun 2011 07:02:11 BDT
As you may have noticed i wasn't entirely dismissive of this record,like most it has its good points and bad ones.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jul 2011 22:09:07 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Jul 2011 22:11:09 BDT
Mr. P. Ince says:
I saw them live last month after hearing a track on Jazz Line-Up but they didn't really pull off the show. Played live, the album opener (Laugh Lines) was a muddle with the guitar and piano never really in synch; there were some fairly ordinary rock overtones to parts of the performance. They weren't bad but they weren't impressive either.

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In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jul 2011 13:35:07 BDT
Mike Walker says:
Was it this one..... http://mupa.hu/multimedia/?mid=1566

Sounds like amazing unison playing to me....

And that rock sound is Killer!!! I'm thinking ya not so well versed on rock sounds madam!!??

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jan 2012 12:36:52 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Jan 2012 12:41:37 GMT
I have to say that your 'review' seemed to me to be exemplary of the expression, 'damning with faint praise'. I have come rather late to this album and I have to say it strikes me as remarkable. But what could one expect from the four musicians involved? I am also extremely pleased to see Mike Walker beginning to gain the recognition he so much deserves. To imply as you do that Mike is merely derivative rather suggests to me that you have never actually seen him play, for he is a force of nature, but this album amply demonstrates his willingness to support and thereby let his fellow musicians shine.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jan 2012 16:10:30 GMT
Dear sir,in reply to your comment about my review,surely the point of a review is to give your honest opinion,if as you seem to imply an artist can only be judged musically by seeing them live,does this not restrict the market? it seems to me that in some cases,this is "Preaching to the converted" when reviews are read,
what is the point of reading a review if you have already made up your mind?
Many Thanks
Finbar

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Feb 2012 12:29:40 GMT
Sax 'n' snax says:
certainly does it for me!

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jan 2013 10:30:28 GMT
Dear Finbar, Of course, you are welcome to your views. I am not 'preaching to the converted', merely attempting to enlighten you as to the qualities of Mike Walker. Local support aside-Mike is a northerner and I'm sure very proud of it and has a massive, loyal and vociferous local following- he is a thinker and a player of the highest order.

Some years ago I spoke to a talented professional pianist from the Manchester area who knows Mike Walker well. Speaking of the profundity of Mike's ideas, he told me that he had been given a lesson by Mike some years earlier, but was still discovering things in what he had been taught.

Mike is always willing to let others shine, and this album is exemplary of that fact. After his fast and complex unison playing with Gwillym on track one, Mike seems happy to take a back seat. Far from preaching to the converted, I wanted to suggest that as far as your opinion of this album was concerned, you were perhaps underestimating a fine player with a growing worldwide support.
Best wishes, Kevin
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