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In Passing Original recording reissued

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  • Audio CD (February 27, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • ASIN: B00000DTEN
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #706,968 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By the time he recorded this album, Mick Goodrick had played on three albums by Gary Burton (The New Gary Burton Quartet, 1973; Ring, 1974; Dreams So Real, 1975). Goodrick was markedly affected by Jim Hall's playing, and his style owes a debt to the latter's harmonic ingenuity, use of space, and playing up and down one string (an attribute noticeable even on recordings, especially to those familiar with the guitar). This album consists of 4 originals by Goodrick and one collectively improvised track (the "In a Silent Way"-ish title tune). Generally, the tunes are subtle without being snoozy, and the instrumental interplay is frighteningly good. Specifically, there is a moment halfway through "In the Tavern of Ruin" (track 2) when Goodrick and saxophonist/bass clarinetist John Surman trade short rhythmic phrases in a perfect example of subtle intensity. What particularly makes this recording so great is Goodrick's insistence on playing only what he hears and not resorting to licks or stock phrases. This is, in all probability, the motivating factor behind his tendancy not to "burn" (although, as he would surely assert, there's more than one way to do that). Bassist Eddie Gomez and Jack DeJohnette are wonderful in support, the latter demonstrating the orchestral sense of dynamics that he must have learned from Tony Williams. Of the three remaining tunes on the album, the first and fourth are medium-tempo and feature the sort of folk and country inspired playing (use of double stops and hammer-ons) also employed by Goodrick peers Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell, John Abercrombie, and John Scofield; the third tune is the only one up-tempo.Read more ›
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Guitarist Mick Goodrick first appeared as a sideman in Gary Burton's band, playing on such classic albums as The New Quartet and Ring. After recording In Pas(s)ing, his first as a leader, he never again recorded for the ECM label. He has devoted his time since then to teaching at the Berklee College of Music, where his students have included Mike Stern, John Scofield, and Bill Frisell. His influences include everybody from Jim Hall to Jimmy Page, and can be heard to their best advantage on this fabulous 1979 album that ranks among the best ECM releases of the decade in a very crowded field.

In Pas(s)ing is an album that takes you by surprise. It's not an intense, "in your face" recording, but rather something much more subtle, understated, and introspected. Every time it goes into the player, I think it can't be as good as I've remembered it, only to find myself amazed yet again. The general criticism leveled against the album is that it's too slow or too quiet. This is definitely not a "loud" album, and while the first two tracks can be described as "bluesy", the album's tempo and pace pick up from there before closing with the frantic title track. In spite of the album appearing under his name, Goodrick never dominates the self-penned material. Listen to his mellow opening phrases on "Feebles, Fables, and Ferns" or his moody opening solo on "Pedalpusher". Often compared to fellow Burton alumnus Pat Metheny, Goodrick's playing is more abstract and disjointed, his tones less lyrical and more atmospheric.

The real story of this album, however, is the saxophone playing of John Surman. This is his second ECM recording (after 1976's Mountainscapes by Barre Phillips), and shortly after this session he would join the Miroslav Vitous Group.
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Mick Goodrick enters the ECM building as band leader with "In Pas(s)ing", alongside a host of first-hand musicians, like Eddie Gomez (b.), John Surman (sax.) and Jack DeJohnette (dms.) Although featured for the same label with Gary Burton Quintet or Charlie Haden's MLO, his musical profile asked for a customized "Mick-style" album. Goodrick comes on this CD with a suite of original compositions, all to the delight of long-time Goodrick fans. And, in confirmation of public's expectation, this album hits the top of collective appreciation with its subtle, sensitive approach to improvisation. Goodrick's unique musicality and paraphrastic sugestivity meets Gomez's velocity and DeJohnette's multi-faced rythmicity. At intervals, Surman points with a dash of "ECMish" reflexive connotations. A "must" for jazzers who are not only after norms.
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