375

Norma Winstone: Distances

Andrew Velez By

Sign in to view read count
Norma Winstone: Distances "Distance" opens this set in classic Winstone style. With music by pianist Glauco Venier, the singer's lyrics go to the heart of separation and distance in a relationship. Winstone is an instrumentalist singer, so even before one begins to get what the lyrics are actually saying, it's the total sound which moodily envelops the listener. The release of this, Winstone's first recording since 1998, is a genuine event and when listeners aren't hitting the repeat button it ought to send them scurrying for her earlier recordings, including those with the 1970s-1990s group Azimuth.

Previously a duo, Venier and Klaus Gesing (bass clarinet, soprano saxophone), have been Winstone's partners for the past eight years in creating music of an acute sparseness, soundscapes that would not be out of place accompanying an early Ingmar Bergman film. Emotionally understated, Winstone's husky sound is reminiscent of the mysterious, otherworldly domain of the great Helen Merrill in which less is much, much more.

"Drifter" is a gem of daring with Gesing music and Winstone lyrics. The melodic line is long and shifting with complex and enchanting rhythms. "Giant's Gentle Stride" and "Every Time We Say Goodbye" are elliptical salutes to Coltrane and without attempting to emulate Coltrane, the trio's version of latter Cole Porter song references Coltrane's 1960 recording with a radically stripped down version. Winstone's clear, spare enunciation is hauntingly accentuated by Gesing's clarinet. Closing the set is a brief, delightful bit of fun, "A Song for England."

.".Footsteps in an empty hallway," a line from "Remembering The Start of a Never Ending Story," aptly suggest the evocative quality of this set. As with all the best music, Winstone draws the listener into a creative web in which one is gratefully ensnared.


Track Listing: Distance; Every Time We Say Goodbye; Drifter; Giant's Gentle Stride; Gorizia; Ciant; The Mermaid; Here Comes The Flood; Remembering the Start of a Never Ending Story; A Song For England.

Personnel: Norma Winstone: voice; Glauco Venier: piano; Klaus Gesing: bass clarinet, soprano saxophone.

Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: ECM Records | Style: Vocal


Shop

More Articles

Read The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture CD/LP/Track Review The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Coldest Second Yesterday CD/LP/Track Review Coldest Second Yesterday
by John Sharpe
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Follow Your Heart CD/LP/Track Review Follow Your Heart
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 25, 2017
Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Chicago II CD/LP/Track Review Chicago II
by Doug Collette
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "Perch Hen Brock & Rain/Live @ The Jazz Happening Tampere" CD/LP/Track Review Perch Hen Brock & Rain/Live @ The Jazz Happening Tampere
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 20, 2016
Read "Naija Rhythm Affair, NYC" CD/LP/Track Review Naija Rhythm Affair, NYC
by James Nadal
Published: July 12, 2016
Read "Sarabande" CD/LP/Track Review Sarabande
by Budd Kopman
Published: March 3, 2016
Read "Take Me To The Alley" CD/LP/Track Review Take Me To The Alley
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 10, 2016
Read "Open The Curtains" CD/LP/Track Review Open The Curtains
by Edward Blanco
Published: August 16, 2016
Read "Warp" CD/LP/Track Review Warp
by Karl Ackermann
Published: March 21, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!