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|Philip Pickett, Richard Thompson|
Bones of All Men
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
Rare thing, recordings that take traditional sounds and recombine them in new ways, resulting in music that inspires on its own terms. Richard Thompson has been doing exactly that for year. Now, with Philip Pickett--classi... more »
Rare thing, recordings that take traditional sounds and recombine them in new ways, resulting in music that inspires on its own terms. Richard Thompson has been doing exactly that for year. Now, with Philip Pickett--classical conductor and past member of the overlooked '70s British folk group Albion Band--he and his comrades from Fairport Convention have created a rich, varied album of Renaissance instrumentals. Indeed, this record amounts to a Fairport reunion, with Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg, and Dave Mattacks contributing, who are joined by award-winning classical musicians Sharona Jordan and Pavlo Beznosiuk. The collaboration defies classification, with its driving drums, fierce electric-guitar runs, lonely recorders and virginals, and tingly pianos. Though there's not a voice or lyric to be heard, the music tells a compelling, vivid story. --Roy Kasten
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woburnmusicfan | Woburn, MA United States | 02/06/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Philip Pickett plays medieval wind instruments (shawms, crumhorns, recorders, etc.) and his wife Sharona plays medieval keyboards. Together, they set out to incorporate a modern rock beat into dance music from the 1500s. Who better to work with than Fairport Convention, the first band (many, many followed) to combine rock with traditional British jigs and reels? Four-fifths of Fairport's classic "Full House" lineup is here -- guitar legend Richard Thompson, rhythm guitarist Simon Nicol, bassist Dave Pegg, and drummer Dave Mattacks -- along with longtime Fairport producer Joe Boyd.It should be illegal that these folks bring off such an unlikely marriage of sounds with such ridiculous ease. Every piece is note-perfect, from gentle ballads like "My Lady Careys Dompe" to the firm rock beat of "Tedesca Dita la Proficia". No matter how accomplished a music lover you are, you have not heard it all until you've heard Pickett's recorder and Thompson's guitar trade fevered four-bar solos at the end of "Lo Ballo Dell'Intorcia". Four of the eight pieces consist of multiple tunes medleyed together, in the spirit of Fairport arrangements like "Dirty Linen". This was probably my favorite album of 1998, and definitely my favorite album of 1598."
firstname.lastname@example.org | Newtown, CT, USA | 05/13/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a marvelous CD. I've thought on and off for years about putting together a band to do electrified Renaissance music, but could never quite find the time nor the people to do it with. Alas, Richard Thompson, Philip Pickett and company have beaten me to it:-) Talk about a hard example to live up to! In any event, the album is absolutely brilliant. The sound is pure Renaissance, pure folk-rock, and purely fabulous. It will probably make a few stuffy academics cringe, but anyone else who loves early music (or Fairport Convention) should definitely put _Bones of All Men_ high on their list of must-haves."
Paul J. Sapko | Kennett Square, PA USA | 07/15/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A great album of tunes from the middle ages and the Rennaisance performed on various ancient wind instruments and keyboards, with electric accompaniment from Richard Thompson and the Fairport Convention rhythm section. The krumhorns, shawms, virginals ( a lap-held harpsichord), etc. trade melody lines with Thompson's stinging electric guitar while the Fairport crew rock precisely underneath it all. Several beautiful slower pieces appear amidst the foot-stompers, and there are several extended, multi-part suites. Wonderful stuff, recommended to all Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull fans, as well as those interested in early music."