CD Reviews

Wednesday 3rd February

February 4, 2010

Yes, the inclusion of voices, particularly on free improv recordings always makes me check very slightly before putting a CD into the player, butof course it depends on how they are used. Streetlevel actually makes good use of them in some places, though one track in particular reminded me why I have a problem with them in general.I don’t know the music of Peter Nicholson (or at least I don’t think I do) but Raymond MacDonald’s sax has appeared on several Iorram releases so far. He plays in a very expressive, almost post-Evan Parker style, gentle and subtle but relatively active and without much in the way of extended technique. Nicholson’s cello work is very nice on the six tracks here (or at least the ones he plays cello on) The opening Esmond is a good way to start the album, Nicholson generally taking a back seat, working with dry sounding bowed sounds and little stabs of colour here and there. MacDonald drifts from hushed longer tones into busier talkative passages, but always very much in tune with Nicholson’s purring strings. Nice stuff, very much from the older school of improvisation but very well executed.

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Monday 13th July

July 14, 2009

So today I am just about fully recovered from the cold, but I am back to being tired after an eleven hour shift at work. Yes dear reader, given the space to do so, I will always moan about something 😉 Today I spent some time with one of the CDs I tried to play […]

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Sunday 8th March

March 8, 2009

This might end up being quite a long post. I’ve done a lot of listening today. Before any of that though I must say a very slightly belated Congratulations to my old radio sparring partner Alastair who tied the knot with Louise down in Australia yesterday. I feel kind of guilty for sort of forgetting […]

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