Why Not Now [Bonus Tracks]

Why Not Now [Bonus Tracks]

by Ray Russell
     
 
Why Not Now is a remastered reissue of an album by British jazz guitarist Ray Russell. Recorded in 1987 and originally released on the tiny Theta label under the name Childscape, Why Not Now is a unique blend of progressive jazz and space rock that manages to escape the clichés of new age music (despite the presence of

Overview

Why Not Now is a remastered reissue of an album by British jazz guitarist Ray Russell. Recorded in 1987 and originally released on the tiny Theta label under the name Childscape, Why Not Now is a unique blend of progressive jazz and space rock that manages to escape the clichés of new age music (despite the presence of some extremely dated synthesizer sounds) in favor of a calm, hallucinatory stillness that owes much to Gil Evans' '50s charts for Miles Davis. Evans, in fact, appears on the album, playing electric piano on his own composition, "The Pan Piper," and serving as the subject of the lovely closer "Sketches of Gil," completed shortly before the master arranger's death. The other ten tracks are similarly placid, built on overdubbed layers of Russell's Bill Nelson-like treated guitar soundscapes and the ambient keyboards of Mark Isham and Tony Hymas, over which Russell (and occasionally Isham, who doubles on trumpet) spins delicate, crystalline solos unencumbered by the sort of fast-fingered showiness that usually ruins this sort of album. This is not a "player" album, but it's also not quite melodically minimal enough to truly be ambient music. Perhaps the closest comparison is to David Sylvian's quiet art pop, or the post-minimalist experiments of Michael Nyman.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/12/2005
Label:
Angel Air
UPC:
5055011701786
catalogNumber:
178
Rank:
241248

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Russell   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Synthesizer Guitar,Kalimba,Classical Guitar,Log Drums,Guitar (Tenor)
Mark Isham   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Keyboards
Iain Ballamy   Tenor Saxophone
Mo Foster   Bass Guitar,Double Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar,5-string Bass
Simon Phillips   Drums
Tony Roberts   Soprano Saxophone
Stuart Brooks   Trumpet
Gil Evans   fender rhodes
Tommy Eyre   Keyboards
Tony Hymas   Synthesizer,Piano,Synthesizer Bass
Gary Kettel   Percussion
Frank Ricotti   Percussion
Ray Warleigh   Bass Clarinet

Technical Credits

Ray Russell   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Gil Evans   Composer
Simon Smart   Engineer

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