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  • Craig Premo wrote on August 06, 2012 report

    Nice review, and the sentiments at the conclusion are well-put. I'm looking forward to hearing this. Now, if ECM could find some material from the American Quartet...

  • John Kelman wrote on August 06, 2012 report

    Thanks for taking the time to write in, Craig, and for the kind words. I guess the reason for my sentiment at the end is that so many folks pine for the reformation of groups long past, but when it happens, more often than not it is either not what they were hoping for (replication) and, instead, is something very different (and, in those cases, sometimes as good, sometimes not) or it disappoints because, decades later, that old material played now just doesn't sound the same.

    What I wouldn't have given to have seen Miles' '60s quintet, but as good as occasional reformations of the group (sans Miles, before Williams' death) were, they didn't recapture the spirit of the original.

    So I'm just as happy to have a reminder of the past that comes from the past :)

    Best!
    John

  • Fred Simon wrote on August 14, 2012 report

    OMG, like they say. I haven't even heard the entire concert yet; made it through all of the first disc and part of the second so far, but man oh man, this is transcendent ... and further proof that this quartet is one of the greatest in all of jazz history, absolutely the equal of any other. And their abundant joy underscores the fact that the active verb we use to describe what is done with music is PLAY.

    Personal Mountains is in my pantheon of the greatest albums of all time, and although I haven’t even heard the entire album, Sleeper promises to join it there. Just one of many highlights: Keith’s harmonic excursion in the slow section of the tune Personal Mountains ... like they say, OMG!

    Very fine review, John.

  • John Kelman wrote on August 14, 2012 report

    Thanks for taking the time to weigh in, Fred. All I can say is: as a writer, my words must, by definition, be more measured. But OMG is about right :)

    Best!
    John

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