Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Thomas Gabuzda | Montco PA, usa | 12/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an underappreciated disc, nicely described by the first reviewer. It has largely been critiqued by the jazz field, and it's really more a recording of improvised baroque settings than jazz. It succeeds utterly in that light and has several pieces of (dare I say) ravishing beauty, most notably "Quintennaissance" and "Awakening- Midweek". The latter is one of the prettiest and emotive pieces I've ever heard, something I'd dare to compare with Barber's "Adagio" for sheer beauty. If you enjoy both jazz and chamber musics, you'll probably listen to this often. Only when reviewed as jazz or classical alone does it warrant less than the highest rating."
The perfect early morning "wake up" jazz disc.
Richard F. Monk | San Antonio, Texas | 03/05/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Listening to this CD of piano and flute or saxophone music is a great way to start the day. I have the first cut "Quintennaissance" cued up on my CD/alarm clock to wake me up every morning. The opening flute work IS the sound of birds singing. Art Lande's piano work here also conjures up a morning in the woods. Simply beautiful. Cut 5 "Verdulac" uses saxes with the piano to paint an emotional tone poem. It is also intense and lyrical. The two musicians balance each other well. This is exciting music! All the compositions are by Mr. Lande, and have a similar feel. "Awakening - Midweek" could also find its way on my CD/alarm clock, it is a pensive flute/piano piece that is very relaxing, and has an almost a classical feel. The whole CD has an "artsy" feel that would be very much at home being played on a sound system in a art gallery. These are two very talented musicians showing off their considerable skills. Overall an enjoyable, thoughtful listening experience. The sound of the recording is top notch, too."
Totally unique, and still fresh sounding after over two deca
Michael J Edelman | Huntington Woods, MI USA | 06/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I like the phrase that one reviewer used- "improvised baroque". That certainly captures the first cut. But the second is certainly jazz to my ears, as is much of the album. This is beautiful, moving music that never descends into the banal, as does so much "New Age" muzak. Lande and Garbarak move from very consonant harmony into dissonant, sometimes jarring harmony, against a harmonic and rhythmic backgound that might put you in mind of some of Bill Evans' work, or even some of Chopin's Nocturnes, and the result is magic.
This album was my introduction to the ECM catalogue- and to Garbarek- back in the 1980s, and it still sounds fresh to my ears. My LP was destroyed in an apartment fire back then, so it's great to see it available again on CD."