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Heart of the Sun

Artist: Theo Travis

Date of Release: 01/01/2001

Catalogue no: 33JAZZ063

Label: 33Jazz

Price: £12

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

 

All I Know

6.57

2

 

Northern Lights

5.53

3

 

Fast Life

5.16

4

 

Barking Dogs and Caravans

8.42

5

 

Here's That Rainy Day

5.43

6

 

That Old Smile

8.26

7

 

Last Fight From Twinwood

5.39

8

 

Bass Rock

16.41

 

 

 

 

Heart of the Sun is the first studio album by Theo Travis since his acclaimed 1996 release "Secret Island". The CD includes seven of Theo's original compositions including ambient ballads, progressive bluesy tracks, freewheeling hard swinging tracks and evocative soundscapes. There is also an imaginative and atmospheric version of the classic "Here's That Rainy Day". Influences are as diverse as the Beatles, Stan Getz, Gil Evans and Brian Eno on what has already been hailed as Theo's finest album to date.

Theo Travis, saxes, Palle Mikkelborg, trumpet, Mark Wood, guitar, Daevid Allen, glissando guitar, David Gordon, piano and Hammond organ, Andy Hammill, double bass, Marc Parnell, drums, Stewart Curtis, clarinet, bass clarinet, Bjorn Lucker, drums, Stefan Weeke, bass.

 

Reviews

 

01/01/2001 John Lewis Time Out (Pick of the week)

"Theo Travis's new album Heart of the Sun (33 Records) shows a young saxophonist at the peak of his career. In fairness this isn't an album to please Little Englanders - prominent guests include Danish trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg (an alumnus of Miles Davis and George Russell) and Daevid Allen the Australian guitarist with spacey prog-rockers Gong who specialises ina peculiar form of distorted , glissando slide guitar. And much of this scarcely fits into the "jazz"remit: across eight exploratory tracks, Travis' own brand of propulsive modal jazz is mixed with Brian Eno-ish ambient soundscapes, late -era Miles Davis grooves and freaky, highly textured psychadelic wig-outs. Travis' bluesy soulful tenor and his spooky soprano weave in and out of Mikkelborg's parched trumpet lines and almost melt into Mark Wood's shimmering distorted guitar riffs, backed by an efficient and suitably sympathetic rhythm section.... Not sure how they'll replicate this electrified odyssey live, but they'll have fun in trying".

 

01/01/2001 Jazz Journal

"a musician with something to say"

 

01/01/2001 Jazz Review

"one of the UK jazz scene's real talents"

 

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