Meeting Colours

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Philip Catherine is an eclectic guitarist, comfortable within tradition, but just as comfortable fusing tradition with newer elements. On Meeting Colours, he's joined by quite a large orchestra to interpret ten of his pieces (two compositions receive more than one treatment) and Duke Ellington's "In a Sentimental Mood." The multiple flutes and saxophones create a big sound that ranges from grand to silky smooth, working in tandem with Catherine and trumpeter Bert Joris' leads. The large assembly also leaves ample room for subtly complex arrangements with trombones, trumpets, and clarinets. Catherine's compositions also offer intriguing nuances, as with the opening of...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Philip Catherine is an eclectic guitarist, comfortable within tradition, but just as comfortable fusing tradition with newer elements. On Meeting Colours, he's joined by quite a large orchestra to interpret ten of his pieces (two compositions receive more than one treatment) and Duke Ellington's "In a Sentimental Mood." The multiple flutes and saxophones create a big sound that ranges from grand to silky smooth, working in tandem with Catherine and trumpeter Bert Joris' leads. The large assembly also leaves ample room for subtly complex arrangements with trombones, trumpets, and clarinets. Catherine's compositions also offer intriguing nuances, as with the opening of "Happy Tears," allowing for changes in tempo and mood. The performance of compositions like "Pink Circus" and "On the Ground" are tastefully subdued, and Catherine's lead work weaves smoothly into the overall structure. The only complaint a fan might have is that the album, especially through the first half, is very mellow and, though well conceived, not too surprising. A second version of "December 26th (In Tempo)" pinpoints the problem, when it allows -- as few other pieces on the album do -- Catherine a chance to really cut loose on his guitar. Other pieces, like "The Hostage," are interesting in places, but leave one wishing for more fireworks. Overall, Meeting Colours is stylishly conceived and executed, but perhaps too low-key, relaxed, and safe for its own good.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/12/2005
  • Label: Dreyfus
  • UPC: 764911667522
  • Catalog Number: 36675

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 On the Ground (5:36)
  2. 2 Pink Circus (7:10)
  3. 3 Happy Tears (5:15)
  4. 4 Letter from My Mother (5:58)
  5. 5 Piano Groove (5:35)
  6. 6 December 26th (2:42)
  7. 7 December 26th (4:09)
  8. 8 The Hostage (5:42)
  9. 9 In a Sentimental Mood (6:48)
  10. 10 Francis' Delight (6:00)
  11. 11 Yellow Landscape (4:45)
  12. 12 Dance for Victor (2:16)
  13. 13 Dance for Victor (4:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Philip Catherine Primary Artist, Guitar
Gino Lattuca Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Kurt Van Herck Clarinet, Alto Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Marc Godfroid Trombone
Bert Joris Trumpet
Serge Plume Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Frank Vaganée Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Bo Van Der Werf Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Pierre Drevet Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Joost van Schaik Drums
Bart Defoort Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Laurent Hendrick Tuba, Bass Trombone
Dieter Limbourg Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone
Lode Mertens Trombone
Nico Schepers Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Technical Credits
Philip Catherine Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Francis Dreyfus Executive Producer
Duke Ellington Composer
Manny Kurtz Composer
Bert Joris Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Frank Vaganée Artistic Director
Walter De Niel Engineer, Mastering
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