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Surman, John / Flashpoint: Ndr Jazz Workshop - April 1969
Album:Flashpoint: Ndr Jazz Workshop - April 1969 Collection:Jazz
Artist:Surman, John Added:03/2011
Label:Cuneiform Records 

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Add Date:2011-04-17 Pull Date:2011-06-19 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
Reviewed 2011-04-17 
JOHN SURMAN: Flashpoint
Cuneiform, 2011

MODERN BIG-BAND – From early in his esteemed career, this dynamite one-off session – recorded for German radio in 1969 – finds saxophonist John Surman leading a 10-piece band made up mostly of top British players. Solos are spread around and all quite good. Surman’s ecstatic soprano sax work on #1 nearly steals the show, until he somehow tops it on baritone in #5. The band is strong, flexible, and does a great job.

Fo’s Picks: try any track; 4 & 5 are my favorites

1. 8:41 – thick modal stew: soprano sax wails & twists in long solo, spiritual piano
2. 8:41 – lilting tune, catchy ensemble: stirring flugelhorn, sax looks deep within
3. 5:56 – quick-paced big band romp: trombone warbles & wobbles, big drum solo
4. 8:47 – gorgeous tune! soprano sax flares; trombone, tenor, bass cool it down
5. 8:32 – yow! free jazz flipout into high-energy locomotive bop; edgy horn solos

[ Fo ] 04/17/11

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