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Strange Stories

Artist: John Law

Date of Release: 01/09/2000

Catalogue no: CRCD03

Label: Cornucopia

Price: £12

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

 

Vocalese (Law)

6.54

2

 

Thursday The 14th (Law)

10.28

3

 

The Storyteller (Law)

9.41

4

 

Video Games (Law)

4.59

5

 

Melodiya (Law)

6.11

6

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Cycling (Law)

5.17

7

 

Kaleidoscope (Law)

8.01

8

 

Diabolus (Law)

6.15

9

 

Transience (Law)

6.27

10

 

Diabolus - reprise (Law)

1.07

 

 

 

 

Appearances by

Paul Clarvis

Featuring Tim Wells: bass; Paul Clarvis: drums

Nine remarkable Law compositions, given a highly-charged and interactive trio reading by John Law's group from 1997. Lots of time, swing and grooves, but with a European compositional feel.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A CD-R AND NOT FROM A GLASS MASTER!. I have never had any issues with the quality of this CD or any problems with it not playing. It's just like a normal CD.

 

Reviews

 

01/03/2000 The Wire

John Law is an immensely tactful pianist, who impresses not with brash displays of virtuosity, but through unerring exercise of refined judgement. His taste is for Thelonious Monk and mediaeval European music, and elements drawn from both sit comfortably within his spacious musical conception. Yet his own voice remains refreshingly distinctive. In drummer Paul Clarvis and American bassist Tim Wells, he has found equally discreet collaborators, and together they conjure a deceptive evenness on the surface of their artfully balanced, yet structurally complex improvisations.

 

01/12/1999 Jazzman, France

Les disques de John Law, l'autre enfant prodige du piano britannique (l'un etant Django Bates) sont plutot rares, en tout cas mal distribués en France. Voici deux ans nous avions salué son Extremely Quartet publié par Hat Art. Et précédemment un autre quartette, Exploded on Impact enregistré en 1993 sur Slam. Raison de plus pour sauter sur l'occasion idéale (le trio piano, basse, batterie) de se laisser porter par ce chantre de la tendresse free. Car si sont les grandes espaces de l'improvisation qui tentent John Law, en compagnie d'un magnifique bassiste, Tim Wells et du batteur Paul Clarvis, il s'agit moins pour lui de continuer les fureurs de Cecil Taylor que de reprendre le jazz la ou Marilyn Crispell vient explorer sa sensualite. John Law se situe moins dans une dynamique d'energie que dans une quete de volupte. Ses errances loin de la pulsation ou du determinisme harmonique ne s'eloignent jamais du plaisir de la cambrure melodique. Ses doigts fredonnent des chansons certes destructurees mais avec un souci de leur amenager un espace de plaisir. Si vous êtes sensibles a l'univers de Sophia Domancich, au toucher de Marilyn Crispell, aux eclats d'Eric Watson, ce garçon la forcera votre admiration...

 

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