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Kaleidoscope of Rainbows Import

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Audio CD, Import, January 16, 2006
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  • Audio CD (January 16, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: AIRMAIL JAPAN
  • ASIN: B000ECWZXE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,346,037 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Frame on February 5, 2006
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I bought the LP of Kaleidoscope Of Rainbows in the late 70's following the recommendation by a friend who loved great jazz. This album includes several styles though, and it is simply captivating for the interplay of tone and rhythm.

It is an absolute joy to hear this carefully remastered 24bit/96khz version on CD. Every pop and click on the LP was a tragic distraction, but it is immediately obvious just how sonically superior the Dusk Fire Records (2005) CD version is when compared to the vinyl. You really do hear SO much more of the intricate detail of the ensemble. You can also fully appreciate Paul Buckmaster's superbly crafted production.

The booket includes Neil's original comments from the LP cover, plus "an introduction" by Peter Muir (December 2004) which includes a detailed biography of the late Neil Ardley and "an appreciation" by Neil's long time(1964 - 2004) musical collaborator Barbara Thompson, who plays alto and soprano flute on 6 of these 7 tracks.

Surely no collection of seventies jazz could be complete without this album - and this particular CD presents the timeless work perfectly.

I am more than impressed - I am in love with this music all over again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Lindsay on December 28, 2007
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Neil Ardley was one of the most distinctive composers of the British jazz scene. His work was always melodic and accessible. This 1976 album was hailed as a masterpiece when it came out. The All Music Guide described the album as "one of the great musical achievements of our age." Kaleidoscope of Rainbows drew in contributions from Ian Carr, Paul Buckmaster, Tony Coe, Dave MacRae, and Barbara Thompson, the very cream of what was then a vibrant UK jazz scene. To quote Dave Gelly in the Guardian "Kaleidoscope of Rainbows is a classic, not just of British jazz, but of 20th-century music."

The music is developed from the basic five note pelog scale used in Balinese music. The suite has seven movements, ranging in mood from the gentle and pastoral to the fiery and urgent. There are similarities to Pat Metheny's Secret Story which had a Cambodian influence. This was the first album in which Ardley explored electronic music.

The personnel on the album: Neil Ardley, director, synthesiser; Bob Bertles, alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute; Paul Buckmaster, acoustic and electric cello; Ian Carr, trumpet, flugelhorn; Geoff Castle, electric piano, synthesiser; Tony Coe, tenor saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet; Dave Macrae, electric piano, synthesiser; Roger Sellers, drums; Ken Shaw, guitar; Brian Smith, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute, alto flute; Roger Sutton, bass guitar, electric bass; Barbara Thompson, alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute; Trevor Tomkins, percussion, vibraphone. Stan Sulzman replaces Barbara Thompson on "Rainbow Two." John Taylor replaces Dave Macrae on "Rainbow Six" and "Rainbow Seven."
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Kaleidoscope of Rainbows starts out scrupulously restricting itself to the Balinese pelog (?) scale with an ever-shifting background reminiscent of the gamelan, setting down a theme that it recalls at the very end. As the sections go on, they gradually add back more of the chromatic scale we Westerners are accustomed to. The journey is thoroughly enjoyable; as a sucker for the melancholy, my favorite has to be Rainbow Four, featuring a heartbreakingly beautiful sax solo from Barbara Thompson.

I'm certainly no scholar of jazz, and can't properly place it in a list--if such a list even makes sense. I can say that this is gorgeous music, and I think you'll enjoy it.
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