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Timeless - Tony May - Timeless


2010
Label: Not On Label - none • Format: CD Album, Stereo • Country: UK • Genre: Rock, Pop, Classical, Folk, World, & Country • Style: Vocal
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John Abercrombie Timeless. On Timelessguitarist John Abercrombie spearheads a session with keyboardist Jan Hammer and drummer Jack DeJohnette for Timeless - Tony May - Timeless melding of minds in the first degree. A sublime energy is maintained throughout and the payoff is supremely satisfying—all the more so for its brevity, as the music suddenly changes avenues just a few minutes in. Hammer relays between organ and synth, keeping the pace and the funk through trailing guitar solos that send notes like cosmic fingers flicking galaxies into outer space.

The organ smolders quietly in the background Timeless - Tony May - Timeless clinching a new groove, which Abercrombie laces with lines flanged just right for the mix. It all ends in a game of musical jump rope, with Abercrombie skipping over the alternation of drums and organ. Just as the organ trailed long rows in the soil of our attention, the piano comes as a welcome rain for our crop and the guitar like the sun that infuses it.

Like the album as a whole, this track is a superlative balancing act. The electric leads speak in their Timeless - Tony May - Timeless languages, but also mimic each other along the way. Abercrombie sustains details the piano seems content to ignore, loosening those threads from their weave. We end with the title track, which builds slowly from a synth drone peppered with guitar musings to a full-on embrace of space.

This evergreen stands tall in the ECM forest. There is no sense of competition, only mutual reveling in a distinctly nuclear sound. One could easily call it fusion, but if anything it is fused with itself, for Mtv / Bet - Various - Herbalist / Energy has created every element it seeks to combine.

Timeless indeed. I sat down tonight and abitrarily grabbed this. I found a ridiculously mint German pressing somewhere, no peel on the cover, no marks, no dust, in fact it really looks like I just removed the shrink wrap. Nary a crackly or pop. The range from this era is so special and I think there is very little production vinyl that gets much better.

While the very early ECM is an entirely different sound you can feel the focus Manfred was bringing to this era. This is a wonderful record; I found myself starting right over at the beginning after my full listening.

Not a lot of fireworks but very listenable and accessible while the diversity engages you all the way through. The diversity of the music is appealing. Listening to this lovely album saddens me a bit because I wish it had had much greater exposure — I Alices Wonderland - Bert Jansch - Bert Jansch it is very appealing.

Appealing, yes. As I always like to say, music tends to come into our lives when it is meant to, and my encounter with this album was Иван Дорн - Randorn to the last. I grew up at the tail end of the vinyl age though, thankfully, some would say it never diedand miss the look and Ernie Freeman - Rose Marie / After Sunset (Shellac) of the medium.

I have to use the listening room at my university library to hear any vinyl these days, and the minute walk always feels like a pilgrimage. One thing I want to mention is how clean ECM recordings are. There is a lot of ambiance in ECM recordings allowing each musician to be heard clearly instead of a being swallowed up in a cacaphonic mess.

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