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The Sweetness of the Water
Spring Heel Jack
The Sweetness of the Water
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Jazz, Pop
 
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The Sweetness of the Water is Spring Heel Jack's fourth contribution to Thirsty Ear's Blue Series. It is their most unabashedly beautiful album yet, showcasing the elegant phrasing of Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet and Evan P...  more »

     
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All Artists: Spring Heel Jack
Title: The Sweetness of the Water
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Thirsty Ear
Release Date: 6/8/2004
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Jazz, Pop
Styles: Electronica, Avant Garde & Free Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 700435714625

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The Sweetness of the Water is Spring Heel Jack's fourth contribution to Thirsty Ear's Blue Series. It is their most unabashedly beautiful album yet, showcasing the elegant phrasing of Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet and Evan Parker on Saxophone, accompanied by John Edwards' meaty and textural bass playing and the sensitive drumming of Mark Sanders. The album clearly reveals the evolution that resulted from Spring Heel Jack's 2003 UK tour, which allowed them to realize their electroacoustic free jazz vision in a more spontaneous setting. Not only does The Sweetness of the Water sound more live and intimate, it also displays a fully developed compositional sensibility, with a muted, meditative atmosphere that results from the masterful Spring Heel Jack production touch. John Coxon's guitar figures heavily, providing a rough juxtaposition to the delicate playing of Smith and Parker. Slow, delicate chord progressions provide the backbone for focused, introspective improvisation. The Sweetness of the Water is another confident step forward for one of the most thought provoking and innovative groups working in music.
 

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Drum N' Bass no more ...
Troy Collins | Lancaster, PA United States | 06/14/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"John Coxon and Ashley Wales gradual nine year transformation from electronic duo to electro-acoustic improvisational unit finds it's apotheosis in this album. Featuring legendary guest trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and saxophonist Evan Parker, Spring Heel Jack have created a sound environment both subtly dissonant yet achingly beautiful.While the guest improvisors are old school free jazzers, the leaders of this session come from a background more firmly rooted in contemporary pop music. The resulting combination yields an album rich in horn-based interplay, with a melodic and structural foundation that is as richly textural as it is nostalgically bittersweet. There is a sense of buried musical traditions in the organ chords, samples and feedback that add a level of emotional depth rarely heard in modern improvisational meetings like this. A summit meeting for the times, perhaps their most mature and impressive album to date."