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Like Song Like Weather
Norma Winstone, John Taylor
Like Song Like Weather
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop
 
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The 1960s-era British free-improvisational scene had the beauty of showing only scant recognizable "jazz" elements. Musicians could play in abstract suspension of melodies for hours on end. Norma Winstone got her stripes s...  more »

      
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All Artists: Norma Winstone, John Taylor
Title: Like Song Like Weather
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Koch Records
Original Release Date: 3/23/1999
Release Date: 3/23/1999
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop
Style: Avant Garde & Free Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 099923787525, 5036614000018

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The 1960s-era British free-improvisational scene had the beauty of showing only scant recognizable "jazz" elements. Musicians could play in abstract suspension of melodies for hours on end. Norma Winstone got her stripes singing in that realm, spilling wordless sounds that intensified the nonjazz elements. It's surprising, then, that this set of duo performances between Winstone and pianist John Taylor has such swing to it. "I Loves You, Porgy" is gently lyrical, with a level of excitement that gains with every degree of measured nuance Taylor sheds on piano and Winstone spoons out in her curvy, cooey voice. This is a surprisingly excellent blend of tunes, with the Gershwin nod shining brightly enough to make Tony Coe's "Tango Beyond" and Kenny Wheeler's "Everybody's Song but My Own" sound comfortably familiar to jazzoids who've never even heard of the composers. For those who recall fondly Winstone's more ethereal stylings, those are also all over this recording, with the colors and shapes she's created for so long simply reaching around traditional lyrics and giving them new flight. It's a magnificent thing to hear. --Andrew Bartlett
 

CD Reviews

More Standards from Norma
David J. Engel | Bethesda, MD USA | 07/08/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Here's another fine outing from Norma Winstone with pianist John Taylor. On "...like song, like weather" Norma sings the works of Ellington, Gershwin, Brubeck, Bley, Wheeler and others. For me , her version of the LaTouche/Moross tune "Lazy Afternoon" is worth the price of admission.( Don't miss the Blue Note recording "Basra" by Pete La Roca for the same tune performed in 1965 by Pete with Joe Henderson, Steve Kuhn, and Steve Swallow. Very nice!) The Kenny Wheeler tune "Everbody's Song But My Own" is another favorite of mine. Norma and John sound real fine again. Who's surprised? And if you like this you may want to look for the triple CD set of the works of Azimuth ( not Azymuth! ) on ECM at something of a bargain price. I recently bought this and have been very happy re acquainting myself with Azimuths' early works."
Intimate, lovely stuff
E. C Goodstein | Northern CA United States | 08/09/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Another winner from Winstone & Taylor. As review says, not as 'ethereal' as the Azimuth work, but still some wonderful moments. Besides the ones others have mentioned, I also
really love her take on "Alice in Wonderland"-- a bit 'meatier' than Blossom Dearie's version, and a gorgeous reading of "I Loves You Porgy" (honest!). And "Ladies in Mercedes" adds a fun element. Great duo album-- a desert island
disc for me :)!"