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Bellwether

Seamus BlakeAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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listen  6. Minor Celebrity10:12Album Only
listen  7. String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 1010:19Album Only


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 22, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Criss Cross
  • ASIN: B002G5FLSI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,985 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As a follow-up to Way Out Willy, saxophonist Seamus Blake's latest features pianist David Kikoski, guitarist Lage Lund, bassist Matt Clohesy, and drummer Bill Stewart on another electrifying set of originals that sparkle with creativity and the kind of integrity that marks the best of today's current generation of jazz artists. Among a decidedly upbeat set of tunes, highlights further include some deeply moving statements from the saxophonist and Lund on the introspective The Song That Lives Inside. Rounding out the mix are takes on John Scofield's Dance Me Home and a third stream-inspired reworking of Debussy's String Quartet in G Minor, Opus 10.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars in the tradition November 13, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I like hearing the history of an instrument in jazz musician's playing. In Seamus Blake I hear Michael Brecker and Joshua Redman, and so, more distantly, John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins. In Lage Lund I hear Pat Metheny, and so, more distantly, Jim Hall and Kenny Burrell. In fact I got this album to listen to Lage Lund, who is one of my favorite young guitar players. One reason I like his playing so much is that he has a great clear tone, without distortion and other electronic effects, just a little reverb, so you can hear his fingers against the fretboard, which connects him to the great guitar players of the 60s. Lage also has plenty of good, fresh ideas. This album reminds me in places of Michael Brecker's Pilgrimage, but Seamus's playing is much more relaxed that Brecker's, and, although this album is mostly Blake originals and sounds like something out of Brooklyn in the late 2000s, it has a nice lighthearted quality. It takes me back to my favorite period of straight ahead jazz, from the late 50s to the early 70s, when cutting edge jazz was challenging, but also fun.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seamus Delivers Another! November 8, 2009
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Here on saxophonist Seamus Blake's newest offering for the Criss Cross jazz label he & his stellar band deliver the modern jazz goods. I was really puzzled that nobody had reviewed this great album already so I decided to remedy that. First off the group Seamus has assembled for this record are some of the finest players working in jazz today. On piano is David Kikoski the elder here, his grooving piano has graced Seamus's last two albums as a leader Way Out Willy & the awesome Live in Italy. (see my review) his playing is not to be missed he's got the whole package technique, soul & can put up the funk. Lage Lund on guitar has been on most of Seamus's albums & is a fantastic young player, coming more from a Peter Bernstein school of clean tone & technique, he & Seamus sound great together in tandem on the heads seamlessly blending in with the sax, sheer beauty! Bill Stewart on the drum kit propels the group with dare I say perfect seamless groove, digging in & swinging hard on the up tempo numbers & allowing the music to ebb & flow on the ballads. The only new name as far as I know to Seamus's fold is bassist Matt Clohesy a native of Australia, who in the liner notes Seamus praises for excellent sound quality & ability to play in any style. Well there you have the band a killer ensemble if I must say, well onto the music. Bellwether consists of originals & a few covers. Mood & tempo wise the album is mostly up in tempo & more serious in mood, all the up tunes swing hard & have nice bebop style melodies usually played by sax & guitar together, the sound & shapes of these melodies brings to mind Josuha Redman's Freedom in The Groove album with Peter Bernstein, possibly a influence? I think so. Read more ›
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