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Surman, John / Free and Equal
Album:Free and Equal Collection:Jazz
Artist:Surman, John Added:03/2003
Label:Ecm Records (Jazz) 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2003-03-24 Pull Date:2003-05-26 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:25 May13 Apr6 Apr

Recent Airplay
1.Fri, 23 May 03:Wedge
Memory Select
3.Sat, 05 Apr 03:Tintin
Mais non peu-etre
2.Sun, 06 Apr 03:Sean
Sean's Show

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2003-04-23 
Pieces for classical-sounding brass, with Surman's jazzy sax soloing over it. Surman's got that "serious" ECM sound, more like an artsy movie soundtrack than a club-jazz blower.

Jack DeJohnette plays piano on many tracks, providing able background.

1- Brassy start, then soft and flowing
2*- Mystery & mild tension that builds. Nice and snaky.
3*- Big dramatic intro; peppy sax solo later.
4- Regal Camelot horns
5- Fast, spry chamber music
6- Slow/med, ominous
7- Calming midtempo
8*- Strong, loud, in 11/4 time. Quiet drum break segues into #9
9- Slow finale to #8; play 'em together

Track Listing
1.Preamble 5.Fire
2.Groundwork 6.Debased Line
3.Sea Change 7.In the Shadow
4.Back and Forth 8.Free and Equal