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(01-05-2017, 03:21)Overall ECM music is worth a listen also ! CRAZY-HORSE Wrote:
SteveO Wrote:Reminds me of the great album covers from ECM Records!

some really cool album covers on that page SteveO...
if I was just looking through a discount bin and saw some of these covers I would definitely buy purely for the cover.
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Not sure what this qualifies as - Progressive Flamenco??! AMG pegs it as New Age.

Stumbled upon Juan Martin's Picasso Portraits from 1981 - his musical interpretation of some of Picasso's works. Nice - I like Spanish guitar so this really works for me - I see he took lessons from Paco de Lucía. 

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Quite a line-up of musicians too - of a very proggy persuasion! 

Juan Martin / Spanish guitars
- Rod Edwards / keyboards
- Tony Hymas / keyboards, keyboard solos
- John Gustafson / bass
- John G. Perry / bass
- Simon Phillips / drums
- Ian Mosley / drums

The opening track - difficult to find good clips. Going on the endless list! Smile

"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us." ~ Bill Watterson
Posted this before but it's such a magnificent piece of work - Yo Yo Ma plays Ennio Morricone -
'The purpose of life is a life of purpose' - Athena Orchard.
Penguin Cafe - The Red Book

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Released in 2014, the precursor to 2017's The Imperfect Sea, which I like very much. Decided to listen to this one and will then go back to their first album, A Matter of Life

Always enjoy checking out who's playing what, and while doing so, found this tidbit on Discogs re the naming of the album:

"The name ‘The Red Book’ comes from the book by Karl Jung of the same name. One day early on in the recording process Rebecca (our cellist) asked me what the album was going to be called and as I glanced over I saw this book on the desk next to where she was and it popped into my head to say ‘The Red Book?’. The book is about, among other things, the way our sub-conscious interacts with and intrudes into our daily lives. I thought this fitted what we were trying to achieve with the second album quite neatly – namely, exploring musical words that are at once both familiar and strange. There is another meaning which is that the main mastered disc you end up with, the one from which all other copies will be made, is called the ‘Red Book Master’ – so somewhere at some point there will be a disc on which will be written ‘The Red Book Master – Red Book Master’…"

Seven of the 11 tracks pass muster - the others were a bit too looping and repetitive (which is a construct they use quite a lot) so on the whole, The Imperfect Sea remains a better listen for me. Modern classical - some say chamber jazz - I dunno - just know that when they get it right, they make lovely warm waves of sound that it's a pleasure to sink into. 

Like this one ... the first track on The Red Book ... 

"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us." ~ Bill Watterson
Seventh Heaven – Anthony Phillips & Andrew Skeet
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Library music has been popping up on my radar lately, for some reason. There was a new release recently called Unusual Sounds: The Hidden History of Library Music which I listened to – shortish tracks by various musicians specifically made for the purpose. I am picturing vast numbers of undiscovered and unheard recordings to suit any possible scene/occasion, languishing lost on mysterious dusty shelves throughout the world! Making music for libraries is never going to result in fame and fortune but I would think that it does allow for some creative licence, to a degree, and at least some small form of financial compensation for the work, even if it never sees the light of day, which is a sad thought … 

This album is not languishing anywhere, but it IS very cinematic and sweeping and conjures up all sorts of imagery, hence the association. I remembered speaking about it before and am listening again now; my opinion remains the same as it was two years ago. Must get a copy …. 

What a pleasure to listen to Seventh Heaven, a fairly recent album by Mr Phillips and Andrew Skeet. An absolutely delightful recording … showcasing exquisite, delicate melodies and a rare finesse. IMHO there is a lot to be said for exercising restraint knowing when to put down the paintbrush, so to speak, and I think that’s what they achieved here. I would say it’s neo classical/neo romantic instrumental if one has to categorise, with very little vocal work and when there is, it’s operatic. The orchestration is superb as are the arrangements - they used an ensemble of leading strings session players (stunning violins and cello) as well as a full 70 piece orchestra for some parts which lends something of a cinematic sound. In their own words, this is a double album of orchestral and acoustic portraits.

Sometimes protracted light (as opposed to more serious and heavy) works can descend into the domain of the banal, so I’m pleased to say that this transcends that horrible fate. There’s variation and texture in the pieces, and plenty of different instruments to prick up the ears, eight of which Anthony Phillips himself plays here, including the oud and bazouki and a whole range of guitars. In a word, it’s exquisite!

"Old Sarum Suite" -

"Grand Central Station" -

"Under the Infinite Sky" - 

"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us." ~ Bill Watterson

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