.:interlúdio:. John Surman – Coruscating (1999)

Tenho certa desconfiança de que aqueles que acompanham o blog já notaram que sinto grande admiração por John Surman… Pois aqui ele reaparece em 1999 com uma nova formação: seus muito “saxes” e clarone, um baixista e um quarteto de cordas. Só isso. O resultado é ainda melhor do que a experiência de 97, postada aqui durante a semana, com a adição do órgão e coro misto a seu arsenal saxofônico, por assim dizer. Um excelente CD para o dia frio e chuvoso de Porto Alegre. Gosto muito mesmo deste grande CD, o qual é elogiado assim por um ouvinte no site da Amazon:

Coruscating is another unusual venture, with Surman and regular associate bassist Chris Laurence improvising on eight of Surman’s compositions with the string quartet Trans4mation. There’s a seamless beauty here, composition and improvisation becoming one. Beginning with the baroque clarity of melody on “At Dusk,” Coruscating develops often dark, looming textures. While Surman has made his baritone fly, here he emphasizes intense lyricism, whether with a true, full-bodied, baritone sound or a light upper register. “Stone Flower” is dedicated to the great Ellington baritonist Harry Carney, and Surman’s breathy, overtone-rich sound invokes Carney’s own recordings with strings. He uses other horns unexpectedly, picking up traditional tones of oboe, clarinet, and flute on his soprano saxophone and cello on his bass clarinet. A preoccupation with depths extends to the beginning of “An Illusive Shadow,” which contrasts his contrabass clarinet with eerie, high dissonances from the strings, before the piece evolves to other moods that suggest a kind of classical Dixieland and Gershwin. Laurence also develops solos of unusual, brooding power, adding significantly to this unusual, often meditative work. –Stuart Broomer

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John Surman: Coruscating

1. At Dusk 2:17
2. Dark Corners 4:57
3. Stone Flower 5:47
4. Moonless Midnight 7:34
5. Winding Passages 6:44
6. An Illusive Shadow 9:24
7. Crystal Walls 9:49
8. For The Moment 6:56

all composed by Surman

recorded January 1999, CTS Studios, London

John Surman, soprano and baritone saxophones, bass and contrabass clarinets;
Chris Laurence, bass
Rita Manning, Keith Pascoe, violin;
Bill Hawkes, viola;
Nick Cooper, cello;

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