CD Reviews

Monday 9th February

February 9, 2010

The album in question is called The Middle Distance, is by the trio of Chris Burn, Philip Thomas and Simon H Fell, and is a recent release on the Another Timbre label. I should of course point out that AT’s Simon Reynell is a friend, wrote a review for these pages a couple of days ago, and is hopefully meeting me for a drink tomorrow before the concert, but that would not stop me writing a bad review here if I thought the CD merited one. As it happens I really like the music here, as is often the case with Another Timbre releases.

I should state right now though, that if you are one of those people that likes to pigeonhole improvised music into categories and then subsequently does not like the one labelled “EFI” then I probably wouldn’t read on any further. Although the music on The Middle Distance is actually quite varied, and is always very subtle and delicately balanced it is occasionally quite busy and expressive. It should also be added that it is often also quite quiet and spacious, but as wonderfully crafted as it is it probably won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, sadly.

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