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John Surman: Free and Equal
     

John Surman: Free and Equal

by John Surman
 
Free and Equal finds its place somewhere between John Surman's past collaborations with Jack DeJohnette and his Brass Project with composer Peter Warren. Less atmospheric than the duos with the drummer and less jazzy than the latter, it still bears the inimitable stamp of the British reed player. It harks back to his pastoral and

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Free and Equal finds its place somewhere between John Surman's past collaborations with Jack DeJohnette and his Brass Project with composer Peter Warren. Less atmospheric than the duos with the drummer and less jazzy than the latter, it still bears the inimitable stamp of the British reed player. It harks back to his pastoral and even medieval leanings and his arranging skills certainly capture the spotlight, his lyrical and often fragile compositions soaring with incredible grace. Compared to his Warren collaboration, Surman chooses a different approach, since his brass section is not comprised of seasoned jazz musicians. London Brass are primarily a classical chamber music ensemble, although some of the group's members clearly show an understanding of the jazz idiom and improvisation. As a result, the leader goes for a more collective and cohesive sound. The brass ensemble often serves the same purpose as a choir, and Surman's beautiful voicings for its various sections surely benefit from that. DeJohnette appears comfortable in this setting. He is allowed on some occasions to turn up the heat, although his main role remains as a colorist. Ultimately, the album does a fine job of documenting another facet of Surman's writing for brass instruments and provides for a beautiful aural experience.

Editorial Reviews

jazzreview.com
Solemn yet never gloomy or self-absorbed, this set is perfect music for wintry afternoons and late-night contemplation.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/25/2003
Label:
Ecm Import
UPC:
0044001706523
catalogNumber:
017065
Rank:
99064

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Surman   Primary Artist,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Jack DeJohnette   Piano,Drums
London Brass   Ensemble
Dan Jenkins   Trombone
Paul Archibald   Trumpet
John Barclay   Trumpet
Richard Edwards   Trombone
David Purser   Trombone,Euphonium
Richard Bissill   Horn
Andrew Crowley   Trumpet
Ann McAneney   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
David Stewart   Bass Trombone
Owen Slade   Tuba

Technical Credits

John Surman   Producer,Liner Notes
London Brass   Contributor
Manfred Eicher   Executive Producer
Steven Lowe   Engineer
Steve Lake   Liner Notes
Sascha Kleis   Cover Photo
Steve Lowe   Engineer
Ben Surman   Engineer

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