Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Various Artists, Robert Wyatt|
Soupsongs: Music of Wyatt
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, Rock
Over two hours of Robert Wyatt's songs recorded at a celebratory concert in Nottingham with many of the musicians who have worked with him including Annie Whitehead, Julie Tippetts, Didier Malherbe, Phil Manzanera and more... more »
Over two hours of Robert Wyatt's songs recorded at a celebratory concert in Nottingham with many of the musicians who have worked with him including Annie Whitehead, Julie Tippetts, Didier Malherbe, Phil Manzanera and more. 2000 release. Slimline double jewel case.
A moving tribute to Wyatt's music
Mortrude Sluurp | Poughkeepsie, NY | 03/14/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Soupsongs is an effective and very good - almost great - CD. Lead by Annie Whitehead and her trombone, the group traverses Wyatt's music from his groundbreaking 'Rock Bottom' through his newest 'Shleep' (missing only his middle period - i.e., 'Nothing Can Stop Us'). It is a revelation to hear how Whitehead's trombone is an effective substitute for many of Wyatt's unique vocalisms.Another tremendous aspect of the CD is Julie Tippets - especially on 'Alliance' and 'Gharbzadegi.' She digs into the bluesy aspects of these tunes and establishes them as her own. She makes the link between Wyatt's music and jazz/blues very obvious - pointing up how flexible his melodies are to different treatments.It is just these 2 cuts that illustrate one of the problems with some 'tribute' albums (this one suffers a bit from it, only due to expectations not met) - they are TOO faithful to the original versions of the songs. Wyatt's music easily admits to any number of re-orchestrations and arrangements, but this CD doesn't go as far as it might on this score. This is a VERY small quibble, given the exceptional results they have achieved here.The recording is LIVE and it makes one wish s/he had been there to hear this group's tribute to Wyatt (he was in the audience) in person. Wyatt remains a remarkable talent. Whitehead and her group convincingly show why."
Hugh Effow | North of 45 | 08/22/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have always thought of Robert Wyatt as an ambient-minimalist kind of composer in the same vein as Philip Glass or Brian Eno. This CD vibrates in another direction: it sounds to me like jazz à la Tony Bennett or Diane Krall. No kidding! They have taken a moody ambient song like Sea Song and made it into what sounds like a jazz standard. Well done! Surprising! Equally as good as the original. Well recorded too! The ladies truly shine on this one."