CD Reviews

Friday 26th March

March 27, 2010

Invisible Ear first came out way back in 2003 on the virtually perfect and now sadly defunct Fringes label run by Guiseppe Ielasi. At the time of its release I had problems enjoying the music on the CD. This was entirely down to my own peculiar prejudices towards the saxophone that I held at that time. There was no sense in this, almost a decade earlier I had enjoyed Butcher’s playing with the Spontaneous Music Ensemble at one of the first improv concerts I attended a great deal, just as I had been a huge fan of his trio with John Russell and Phil Durrant. Still, being somewhat naive, despite being of an age when I should have known better I generally avoided the sax at roughly the time this CD was first released. My prejudice was somewhat irrational, based on a ridiculous idea that nothing new could be done with the instrument, a theory that I have long since realised neither has any basis in reality nor should be of any real relevance anyway. So it took me a few years to realise just how great an album this was (and still is). In fact it was listening to this very CD one day when somewhat disillusioned with music in general that woke me up to the sax again.

Most readers here will probably know this album. Even though it went out of print some time back (hence the reissue) it is one that has been regularly circulating through the usual download circles for quite some time. Any discussion in online communities regarding the saxophone inevitably points readers towards Invisible Ear. It is considered, for want of a better word, a classic. So there is little point in me going over the music in detail again, suffice to say you either know this album or you should do.

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CD Reviews

Friday 11th September

September 11, 2009

I am very pleased to get that week out of the way. I am day off tomorrow and intend to spend most of the day resting and soaking up music. This week’s listening time has been even more limited than usual, and even when I have been able to listen (and then write) my mental […]

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