Bread and Circuses

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steven Loewy
Graham Collier has built a considerable legacy as a sophisticated composer of considerable depth, and this release builds on that foundation with further evidence of his extraordinary talents. While Collier remains an underrated, little-known figure on the world scene, despite a not inconsiderable output, his recordings deserve respect and admiration. For this one, he joins two suites -- "Bread and Circuses" tracks one through nine and "Oxford Palms" tracks ten through 13 -- each performed by the Collective, described by Collier as "a 15-piece co-operative of Western Australia's finest musical talent which first performed in 1997." As a composer, Collier is a colorist who ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steven Loewy
Graham Collier has built a considerable legacy as a sophisticated composer of considerable depth, and this release builds on that foundation with further evidence of his extraordinary talents. While Collier remains an underrated, little-known figure on the world scene, despite a not inconsiderable output, his recordings deserve respect and admiration. For this one, he joins two suites -- "Bread and Circuses" tracks one through nine and "Oxford Palms" tracks ten through 13 -- each performed by the Collective, described by Collier as "a 15-piece co-operative of Western Australia's finest musical talent which first performed in 1997." As a composer, Collier is a colorist who expects the soloists to fill the gaps, which they do here impressively. Collier paints with a broad brush, his shiny landscapes filled with quality extended chords and interspersed with surprisingly outstanding solos, in particular from Lindsay Vickery on soprano saxophone, Keiran Hurley on trombone, and Graeme Blevins on alto saxophone. While Collier's arrangements often use traditional strategies, he lets his freer-style improvisers indulge in just left-of-center solos, giving the pieces a progressive tinge. The Australian Collective acquits itself well, with powerful contributions from many players and tightly focused ensemble performances. For breadth of composition, strong improvisations, and complex, largely conventional writing with a slightly leftward tint, there is very little around that competes with Graham Collier at his best, and this album is among his finest.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2003
  • Label: Jazzprint Uk
  • UPC: 604388605828
  • Catalog Number: 131

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Introduction (2:53)
  2. 2 Ballad One (2:28)
  3. 3 Clapping (4:33)
  4. 4 Pattern One (5:25)
  5. 5 Interlude (1:54)
  6. 6 Pattern Two (5:29)
  7. 7 Ballad Two (3:10)
  8. 8 Blues (5:51)
  9. 9 Picky Blues and Ballad One (3:14)
  10. 10 Open Blues and Ballad Two (6:01)
  11. 11 One Note Blues and Ballad Three (4:26)
  12. 12 Clapping Blues and Ballad Four (5:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Graham Collier Primary Artist
Lee Buddle Saxophone
Graeme Blevins Saxophone
Adrian Kelly Trumpet, Leader
Technical Credits
Graham Collier Composer, Liner Notes
Lee Buddle Mastering, Engineering
Adrian Kelly Mastering
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