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  John Abercrombie & Eddie Gomez: Structures

John Abercrombie
Eddie Gomez
Gene Jackson
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Review by Barb November 18, 2007 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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J. Abercrombie g, E. Gomez b, G. Jackson ds, Chesky 2006.
The latest Chesky Jazz recordings, The New York Sessions, are, to me, the best recordings ever because they are the most natural sounding ever. They always record live, not in studios, with minimal but highest quality technical equipment. There is no multi-tracking, overdubbing or compressing what makes the music sound so natural with its original dynamics. The lack of technical equipment may be the reason for the natural, pleasing sound of so many Jazz records of the 50`s, even the monaural ones, combined with the highest quality technical equipment of today Chesky makes the perfect sound. Listening to Cheskys for the first time you will recognize they are out of the ordinary, but I think you`ll have to get familiar with them to hear that they are best. In some of the booklets there are diagrams showing the positions of the musicians during the recording session. That was not necessary, you can see them when playing the record.
On this record the trio plays two compositions by Abercrombie and two by Gomez, the other six tracks are mostly well known standards. The music has that typical relaxed character of the softly played, hovering Abercrombie-guitar. But that is not easy-listening music, Abercrombie is playing sophisticated and with his perfect partners they create complex interpretations of jazz ballads, improvising all the time with perfect interaction. This is the perfect stuff for a concentrated listening session, rhythmic, complex, melodic, sophisticated, gentle, thrilling.

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