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Thursday, March 12, 2009

"Thoughts and Recollections" - The Claude Werner Quartet

Claude Werner (ten), Mick Wright (gtr), Laurence Blackadder (bs), David Carnegie (dms).
For those who only know Claude as last night's sax toting tenor player shooting from and to 'the hip' at The Chilli, or the frontier stretching avant gardist of The Blofield Experiment, this CD reveals yet another facet of his personality.
"Thoughts and Recollections" might, on the first spin, be wrongly described as bland. However, this is far from the case as repeated listenings have proved. The title of the album is apt - these are the original thoughts, recollections and compositions of a man who is not only a talented player but an equally compelling composer.
"Daydreaming" portrays exactly what the title says and, in places, reminded me a little of early Warne Marsh.
"Nostalgia in Jesmond Vale" - how could anyone from the north-east not be drawn to this even if it was written by a man from Chile?
Underneath it all, David Carnegie plays subtly and effectively. Mick Wright and Lawrence Blackadder also have their say adding vital colour to the tonal landscape.
An excellent CD - 9.99 out of 10.
My one very minor complaint is the booklet. The colour scheme of black on grey doesn't make for easy reading in the wee small hours which is when this music is at its most potent.
Lance

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