Montauk Variations - Matthew Bourne
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  • Summary: The British jazz pianist's debut release on The Leaf Label features solo piano pieces.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
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  1. Feb 9, 2012
    80
    The two pianists [Craig Taborn and Matthew Bourne] share a penchant for timing, space and reflection that results in refreshingly honest and original work.
  2. Pianist Matthew Bourne goes all English-pastoral in this largely lovely solo suite.
  3. Feb 9, 2012
    80
    It's predominantly a reflection, a look at things moving slowly and a stirring listen.
  4. Feb 9, 2012
    80
    The album demands to be heard in a single sitting, in a contradiction of the digitally shuffling age.
  5. Apr 18, 2012
    70
    His work manages to square Cecil Taylor with Ralph Vaughan Williams. [Feb 2012, p.72]
  6. Feb 9, 2012
    60
    These 13 examples can get annoying when they stray into willful atonality, but really hit the spot when he lingers on simple themes. [Mar 2012, p.81]
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  1. Apr 25, 2012
    8
    Matthew Bourne's debut jazz album is not meant for wide audiences. Most of the material was recorded exclusively by a piano, few parties usesMatthew Bourne's debut jazz album is not meant for wide audiences. Most of the material was recorded exclusively by a piano, few parties uses strings as background ("Juliet", "Here"). Piano parts present different levels: from the experimental in the form - "The Mystic" by minimalist "Infinitude" and "The Greenkeeper", heavy "Within" through the terrifying "Abrade". With this album, you need to sit down and try to understand it. Otherwise you won't. Expand