Various - Sessions Jazz Instrumental Series Collection (CD)
These rather lengthy parts were finally whittled down to the 23 minute track we are Various - Sessions Jazz Instrumental Series Collection (CD) familiar with. However, the sessions were floating around in bootleg paradise for many years.
The first track on the CD is part of those sessions, titled "Nothing, Part 14". It begins with the all too familiar "pinging" sound, but soon gets enveloped in Wright's synth layers and the repeating bass helps it all pick up steam as Mason comes in with tinkling cymbals. A long, building crescendo pretty much makes up the track.
The 4 tracks from this session are all quite long, even the next track, "Fat Old Sun" from "Atom Heart Mother" album in a long 15 minute version! John Peel's announcements are intact with the crowd noises. Many will be interested in how this track can be stretched out for 15 minutes.
Well, the beginning is a lovely rendition of it as we know it with Gilmour singing the lyrics and some nice organ leads the instrumental backing, all like you would expect, more or less, but with a bit more confidence in its delivery.
Just before the 5 minute mark, Gilmour delivers a great guitar solo with the band coming along solidly behind him. This all eventually calms until there is nothing left but organ and soft guitar, but then Waters and Mason join back in and move through a nice improvisational section that stays coherent, with everyone contributing, one of the best recorded jam sessions for the band without going too far into the stratosphere of experimentalist noise, but staying quite musical all through it, and creating different atmospheres all the while.
The instrumental section continues until just before 13 minutes, signaled by a sudden modal change, and Gilmour sings the last verse carrying it to the end. Very nice. Next is the performance of "One of These Days", again extended, but only to 7 minutes this time. This, of course, also comes from the "Meddle" album. The sound is a lot more brash than the original studio version, but pretty much follows the same formula with Waters' hypnotizing and sawing bass line and Gilmour's wild guitar antics.
After the long extended heavier section, we get a 10 minute version of "Embryo". It's always interesting how this song ended up being a staple for their early shows even though it never ended up on a non-collection album.
When this song was in it's embryotic state, it was only available as a demo track, but with the live performances that we have been able to hear it transformed into Various - Sessions Jazz Instrumental Series Collection (CD) full-fledged and mature track. This version has longer instrumental sections that spread out the different verses over a longer period of time. The performances are presented in the studio setting and feature Fagen and Becker along with 4 or so of the players from the sessions presumably in the late s.
They are pleasant to be sure but I would have preferred that 10 minutes devoted to more of the fascinating discussion about the actual sessions and band history. The interview segments are the meat of the program as our boys discuss their early years, influences, heroes, and strategies.
Various session players and producer Katz were given time to recall their stories and it was fascinating to hear the likes of Bernard Purdie, Wayne Shorter, Victor Feldman, Chuck Rainey, Roger Nichols, Denny Dias, Rick Marotta, and Michael McDonald spill on the perfectionist tendencies, among other things, of our heroes.
It was revealed that when the boys weren't happy with what they were hearing in the booth, often the entire band would go, not just one or two players. The next day would bring an entirely different band to attempt cutting something that failed the previous day. But everyone genuinely seemed to enjoy working with the lads who could "finish each other's sentences" and preferred intellectual humor over Various - Sessions Jazz Instrumental Series Collection (CD) jokes.
The Dan did not want the technique used as they saw it as somewhat trendy and overused, but on one bridge Rainey turned Various - Sessions Jazz Instrumental Series Collection (CD) from where they were seated and threw a little in, loving the fact he slipped it past them.
Floating State: Suite dall'inconscio dell'Assassino 5. The piano-dominated intro and outro mood pieces are interesting, especially the opening composition with the swirling synths added in. Dark Sessions contribution is a dark, haunting piece filled with eerie and creepy segments, with haunting keyboard layers and dark, sinister guitar chords at times fighting over which of the instruments to sound most like something dragged out of a horror movie.
Leviathan contributes with a theatrical, symphonic piece where atmospheric segments and majestic instrumental parts complement the melodramatic vocals in a nice way; and with some nifty organ playing to be enjoyed as well.
Floating State's contribution is more of a let down though, with an improvised sounding exploration filled with keyboards, driving bass lines and what sounds like horns.
Interesting setup but too many disharmonic Various - Sessions Jazz Instrumental Series Collection (CD) in this one for me to really keep up the interest. Fans of 70's symphonic rock in general and Italian symphonic rock in particular should clearly give this CD a spin. Composer and keyboardist Alfio Costa from Prowlers, Tilion, Daal here plays Grand piano and Minimoog with great effectiveness conveying a strong sense of mystery and tension Then comes the first suite, "Visions of Helga" by Dark Session.
Dark Session is mainly the brainchild of composer and multi-instrumentalist Flavio Costa from Tilion who, with the help of his brother Alfio keyboards and Hamadi Trabelsi vocalshere paints in black feelings and notes trying to explore what's behind the mind of the murderer. Kenny Garrett.
Sounds from the Ancestors. On his 20th album, the saxophonist and his ensemble explore the West African roots in soul, gospel, Afro-Cuban jazz, and more. Share on facebook twitter tumblr. Herbie Hancock. John Coltrane. Eric Dolphy. Ornette Coleman. Thelonious Monk. Duke Ellington. Wynton Marsalis. Nat King Cole. George Benson. Sonny Rollins. Wayne Shorter. Hubert Laws.
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