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A delightful adventure into the world of orchestrated jazz. The brilliant crystalline sound makes you feel as though you are seated at the Rebecca Cohn dressed to the nines and feeling super saucy! The MJO is truly one of the shows check out if you have the chance and this CD will make that option extremely difficult to resist. As always Kenny Wheeler's compositions are the thing of delicate genius. John Taylor's piano and Norma Winstone voice soar, gracefully complementing each other and the entire orchestra as a whole. A vibrant solo by guitarist Al Sutherland on the song "Sweetrubysuite" will leave the listener compelled to seek out his own solo work.
Sax Cat Greg Carter directs the proceedings with the usual verve and musical maturity that we've come to expect from MJO recordings. The last MJO's album 'Siren Song' was excellent but this may be the best representative of the orchestra yet with the recording and production improving upon the last. Put this on a quality stereo and enjoy some vibrant music and well crafted compositions. You will not be dissapointed.
Track Listing: Sweet Ruby Suite, Pure and Simple, Now and Now Again, W.W.
Personnel: Kenny Wheeler-trumpet/flugelhorn, John taylor-piano, Norma
Winstone-voice, Greg Carter-alto/soprano saxophone, Evan Shaw-alto
saxophone, Mike Murley-tenor saxophone, Kirk Macdonald-tenor
saxophone, Dave Westal-baritone saxophone, Jocelyn Couture/Rob
Smith/Dave Jackson/Jim Hargreaves-trumpets, Gene Smith/Dave
Grott/Gordon Myers/Daryl Burghardt-trombones, John Hollenbeck-drums,
Jim Vivien-bass, Al Sutherland-guitar.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.