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Bruford Levin Upper Extremities


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.98 | 66 ratings

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Eetu Pellonpaa
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4 stars I was interested about this release, as I recognized both Bruford and Levin as the essential personnel on the 1990's King Crimson double trio concept. Bill continued working in the field of jazz after he quit playing on Robert Fripp's band, and this album represents his modern style of approach towards that traditional and vivid music area, the recent Earthworks then focusing towards more neo-classical oriented acoustic territories.

The opener "Cerulean Sea" has different layers of instruments played in different time signatures merging together, and this is maybe the best track on the whole release. The wild (poly)rhythmic ideas are the main core of this material, and many tracks like "Original Sin" and "Etude Revisited" have these non-conventional hooks. There are also some slower, moody songs like "A Palace of Pearls (On a Blade of Grass)", where Chris Botti gets some space for his beautiful trumpet solos. There are also some more experimental shorter numbers between the longer songs.

I think this is a recommendable album for those who appreciate modern jazz. Chris Botti has also a very recognizable trumpet sound, so if you are a fan of his music, you might also wish to listen this CD trough.

Eetu Pellonpaa | 4/5 |


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