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Journal October Original recording reissued, Import


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  • Audio CD (June 6, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Import
  • Label: Ecm Import
  • ASIN: B00004TB78
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Hosek on October 31, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This falls into the category of...where did I come up with theidea of getting this CD? I think Darling perhaps contributed some instrumentals to something else that I liked and I looked him up on allmusic or something... but this turned out to be a worthy addition to my collection. It's all "solo" cello, although often multi-tracked and Darling (who you'll find also featured on the Until the End of the World soundtrack) manages to keep it not only interesting but exciting. It's a great introduction to the sonic possibilities of the cello... I may have to get me one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jean couture on August 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
These October 1979 sessions by David Darling were the first of his solo career chez ECM. This CD is in the same league as later material, like "Cello" or "Dark Wood", except that it contains a bit more of what i'd call "musical exploration" - common to many ECM discs from that era (e.g., the second track "Bells and Gongs" with its use of percussions). Albeit dissimilar, his solo playing is as effective as Dave Holland's in his dazzling "Life Cycle" (ECM 1238). A number such as "Clouds" overtly anticipates the then-to-come, twelve years later, "Cello" album. That i would label avant-garde, in some ways. From the very first track ("Slow Return") to the closing title cut, a cool musical journey of motion and stillness, sometimes just like caught between dusk and daylight, unveils an autumnal Zeit und Raum admirably captured by the clear recording of a virtually flawless Manfred Eicher's production.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Culver TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 1, 2012
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Released in 1980, JOURNAL OCTOBER was cellist David Darling's first record for the ECM label. He recorded this album alone, but the use of overdubs lends it an ensemble-like fullness at times. Just listen to the first track, "Slow Return", to hear a great musician at work: for several minutes we hear long, sinuous lines on multiple cellos, heartbreakingly beautiful. These fade away, replaced by the furious bowing of these several cellos on a single note, adding tension but without removing that original beauty. Then comes a return to the idyll of the beginning. Such a simple ABA form, but a moving one. Darling also sings on a couple of tracks, poignant melodies that are almost buried under the rich tones of the cello with a fine studio ambience; JOURNAL OCTOBER is another example of the famous ECM sound.

This album has always served well for late-night listening, but a couple of things hold me back from declaring it an all-time classic. David Darling moved onto New Age music after leaving ECM, and one fears that the most lovely compositions here are rather hollow. The other quibble is that the smooth flow of the album is broken about halfway through, with a couple of avant-garde moments that come out of nowhere. Now, I am a fan of avant-garde jazz, but I simply think these elements out of place here.

If you're unfamiliar with David Darling's work, try his subsequent effort Cycles, a fantastic album where he performs with several ECM luminaries. This solo album is worthwhile for those who enjoy his aesthetic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Smith on February 14, 2012
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Solo recordings are always a risk, and an album of solo cello music would probably be sleep-inducing if not for the fact that David Darling is a master with his instrument. In truth, "Journal October," recorded in the fall of 1979, carries the somewhat misleading subtitled of "Solo Cello." Two tracks on the album are titled "Solo Cello," but the rest of the music is a hybrid of sounds. For this, his first recording on ECM, Darling overdubs acoustic and electric cello, percussion, bells, gongs, tympani, and (most unfortunately) voice.

Darling crafted each of these nine melodies and plays them beautifully. The music could be the soundtrack to a non-existent foreign film; it has that much character. Where I feel he goes off the rails, however, is when he adds his voice to the recordings. He's not that talented a vocalist, and his singing is too upfront to be disregarded. Quite simply, it doesn't enhance the songs at all. In fact, I think it detracts from the otherwise brilliant "Clouds," and the contradictory "Solo Cello and Voice."

But there's still plenty to like about "Journal October," including the standouts: "Slow Return," "Minor Blue," and the title track. Overall, seven out of nine ain't bad. Recommended, but three stars.
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This is a great disc that will take you on a very interesting journey. It should get more praise then it does. It wasn't what I was expecting when I purchased it a few years ago, but after two listens I was quite intrigued.
Darling's later works can get a bit to repetitive, but this really pulls you in.
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