John Surman: Free and Equal

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All Music Guide - Alain Drouot
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alain Drouot
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.
jazzreview.com
Solemn yet never gloomy or self-absorbed, this set is perfect music for wintry afternoons and late-night contemplation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/2003
  • Label: Ecm Import
  • UPC: 044001706523
  • Catalog Number: 017065
  • Sales rank: 221,191

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Preamble - Owen Slade (4:11)
  2. 2 Groundwork - Owen Slade (9:33)
  3. 3 Sea Change - Owen Slade (10:14)
  4. 4 Back and Forth - Owen Slade (11:51)
  5. 5 Fire - Owen Slade (6:47)
  6. 6 Debased Line - Owen Slade (5:02)
  7. 7 In the Shadow - Owen Slade (6:56)
  8. 8 Free and Equal - Owen Slade (8:47)
  9. 9 Epilogue - Owen Slade (3:42)
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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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