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Invisible Nature Live, Import

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Recorded live at the jazz festivals of Tampere and Berlin in November 2000, Invisible Nature is a fabulous album, as rich in unfolding mythic (or storytelling) overtones as it is in its diversely inflected melodic accents and rhythmic drive. With the exception of the concluding "Song for World Forgiveness," which features composer DeJohnette on piano, all of the 75 minutes here are improvised, but in a way that comes across as thoroughly structured and intensely lyrical. Both musicians--who have played together often since their first and until now, only duo recording together, 1981's The Amazing Adventures of Simon Simon--are masters of dynamics. Here, that mastery is enhanced by a sensitive use of electronics. At times, this can give the music the kick and drive of a large ensemble and at other moments underpin an essentially poetic approach to tone color and phrasing. While there's plenty of poetry here, there's also a healthy bucketful or two of straight-ahead wailing, with Surman often sounding as intense and expansive as he used to in his trio days of yore, when playing with Barre Phillips and Stu Martin. A superb document of the current health of jazz at its contemporary best, and as such, recommended without reservation. --Michael Tucker

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listen  1. MysteriumJohn Surman15:57Album Only
listen  2. Rising TideJohn Surman 9:32Album Only
listen  3. Outback SpiritsJohn Surman12:30Album Only
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listen  6. Fair TradeJohn Surman11:21Album Only
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 26, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live, Import
  • Label: Ecm Import
  • ASIN: B00005Y0LF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #534,967 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By James W. Goetsch on June 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Two rare virtuosos with staggering abilities, yet they always keep technique subservient to the music itself. The net result is riveting performances that few players can match in 2002.
I just saw the duo at the Conga Room in Los Angeles, and they owned the crowd for the full hour and half with an extremely varied program very similar to this live record. Surman moves from baritone sax to bass clarinet, soprano sax, a MIDI wind controller, and a little keyboard as well. DeJohnette plays the drum set as few can these day, throwing out a barrage of rhythms of stunning complexity on one piece, then playing the sparsest of work in the next. He has integrated into his set an electronic playing pad that he can use to trigger some ambient sequences or bass lines, but the most impressive use of this is for his tabla program that is indistinguishable from the real.
The compositions appear to be fairly loose sketches that each have a distinct character, while providing loads of freedom to go any direction they want. The grooves move from ambient to fast jazz to megafunk to ethnic and more, including a duo with DeJohnette on his first instrument, piano. We can only hope that ECM / Universal re-releases the original album of these two, "The Amazing Adventures of Simon Simon".
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Perhaps i overstated things a "bit" when i wrote my friend and stated that i felt this duo live set of performances was as good as "any" live record i'd ever heard . It's excellent though .
Unlike some of you other listeners , i did not know when this recording had been documented .
My initial listen left me feeling satisfied but underwhelmed . Several days later , i spun this date several times (with new ears) and found myself truly knocked out .
Not knowing the date of release , i knew Jack was the pianist on the single song that featured piano . I reckoned that he had played the percussion as well (i'm not in possession of a manufacturer's copy) with it's liner notes and instrument listings .
That the percussion was electronically generated really surprised me as well . It sounds SO organic and natural .
Often (much more often then not) the level of interplay and communion between Jack and Mr. Surman , is really amazing and wonderful .
Play by both men is most often exceptional .
As each gentleman is capable of playing more than one instrument (and in John Surman's case , many) , prepare yourself for a fascinating and varied program that should meet or even exceed what you've come to expect from these gifted artists .
Amazing really . Transporting and highly recommended .
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1 of 12 people found the following review helpful By James Wood on June 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
A live recording from 2000 - Berlin + Tampere. Just found this cd used and I am mixed. It's not bad, some fine moments, but nothing really special. So...I keep going back and I need to keep this one, probably not. ...But I am not sure. -james wood
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