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John Surman & John Warren – Tales Of The Algonquin (1971) [Remastered]

25-07-2014, 08:49
Music | Jazz | FLAC / APE

John Surman & John Warren – Tales Of The Algonquin (1971) [Remastered]

Artist: John Surman & John Warren
Title Of Album: Tales Of The Algonquin
Year Of Release: 1998
Label: Deram 844 883-2
Genre: Big Band Prog Jazz
Quality: MP3 | FLAC
Bitrate: VBR 0 | 16Bit/44kHz
Total Size: 91 MB | 304 MB
Total Time: 47:30
Website: Discogs

01. With Terry's Help 5:56
02. Dandelion 6:21
03. We'll Make It 6:10
04. Picture Tree 5:47
05. Tales of the Algonquin 23:15
I. The Purple Swan
II. Shingebis and the North Wind
III. The Adventures of Manabush
IV. The White Water Lily
V. Wihio the Wanderer

John Surman: Saxophone
John Warren: Saxophone, Flute
Mike Osborne: Saxophone, Clarinet
Stan Sulzman: Saxophone, Flute
Alan Skidmore: Saxophone, Flute
Danny Almark, Ed Harvey, Malcolm Griffiths: Trombone
Harry Beckett, Kenny Wheeler, Martin Drover: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
John Taylor: Piano
Barre Phillips, Harry Miller: Bass
Alan Jackson, Stu Martin: Drums, Percussion

Review from RateYourMusic:
A Real masterpiece, if you find it, buy it!
Canadian born saxophonist / composer John Warren and British Jazz giant John Surman were “soul brothers” in many respects: both played primarily the baritone saxophone, both composed fabulous modern Jazz and both played together on many of the period’s pivotal albums. This joint effort was the culmination of their work together, which remains as one of the greatest European Jazz albums of all times. Warren composed all the music, which includes four shorter pieces and the extended five-part suite, which gives the album its title, all performed by a Big Band, comprising of the creme de la creme of British Jazz musicians at the time. It includes trumpeters Kenny Wheeler and Harry Beckett, sax players: Mike Osborne, Stan Sultzmann, Alan Skidmore, John Surman and John Warren, pianist John Taylor, bass players: Harry Miller and Barre Phillips and drummers: Alan Jackson and Stu Martin (and other less known players). The compositions, arrangements, orchestration and performances are all stellar from start to finish and the overall quality of the music is completely outstanding and miles ahead of any competition. It is interesting to compare this album with any Big Band recording made at the same time in America and see that the Brits left their American counterparts aeons behind by that time. I have been harshly criticized many times (by Americans of course) for saying that although Americans invented Jazz, Europeans perfected it. Anybody listening to this album and still not admitting this to be true must be completely deaf. To me this is a perfect album, one of very few that deserves to be called “perfect” in every respect. Beyond essential!

More info here:
John Surman's website
John Surman on Wikipedia



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