Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop
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Sounds to delight and intrigue, plus music that swings
Ian Muldoon | Coffs Harbour, NSW Australia | 06/11/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Very early on in this music my ears became sensitized to the range of sounds being made by these seven musicians. In particular it was the rhythm instruments that dominated, cello, bass, drums and piano. Whether it was hints of Indonesian, Indian, or Middle Eastern, the music still sounded of a piece, never fragmented or eclectic. Echoes, as behind the bass solo on track two, are created by a bowed piano. Multi-phonics on the saxophone are reminiscent of John Coltrane's Harmonique. Intriguing city sounds on Buzz remind one of Bud Powell's Parisienne Thoroughfare and Duke Ellington's colouring. In other words this is music very much in the tradition, but original and exciting enough to warrant many listenings. I've had this CD for some time now and though it may not create a great impact on you on first hearing, it is music that you will return to time and again. It has the "sound of surpise". Some highlights by the horns include Ted Nash's sax solo on Buzz. Mr Horton's trumpet solo on Apostle of the Ugly is thoughtful, well structured, passionate and full of clarity. All the compositions and arrangements are by the leader and bassist Mr Ben Allison. It is a very well programmed and well thought out hour of music. For some really deep grooving swing, dig the last track, Tiny C. All the musicians are at the top of their game and really do justice to the writing. Beautifully recorded with the bass not too forward with excellent balance between the instruments. Well worth acquiring."