John Surman: Kentish Hunting (Lady Margaret's Air)
Kentish Hunting (Lady Margaret's Air)
John Surman (soprano & baritone saxes, bass clarinet, synthesizer)
The Amazing Adventures of Simon Simon (ECM 1993 829160-2)
Traditional arranged by John Surman.
Recorded: Oslo, Norway, January 1981
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
John Surman is a saxophonist of extraordinary musical interests and diversity. His explorations transcend the boundaries of what most people call jazz. Throughout his career, he has masterfully played with the likes of John McLaughlin, Dave Holland, Mike Gibbs, Miroslav Vitous and Paul Bley, to name a few. His collaborative work with Jack DeJohnette has been a fruitful and exploratory one spanning many years and including a commission to work in conjunction with the avant-garde Balansecu string quartet. In this nine-part musical adventure of sounds and textures, Surman's use of the various timbres in his multi-reed arsenal is impressive. For Part III, "Kentish Hunting" (aka "Lady Margaret's Air"), his baritone sax provides a prancing background emulating a gentry ride through the English countryside. The dancing airy overdub of his delicate crystalline soprano sax evokes the brisk country air flowing through Lady Margaret's hair as she gallops her trusty steed. Surman's mastery of tone and texture creates the image of a Kentish Hunt to perfection.
Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello