Steve Lawson And Jez Carr - Conversations

Sunday 1st September 2002
Steve Lawson And Jez Carr - Conversations
Steve Lawson And Jez Carr - Conversations

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Andy Long

There is a music that goes beyond mere songs. A music that flows directly from the soul of the artist and expresses itself freely. A music that has no regard for the boundaries that would be placed upon it by "markets" and "trends". A pure music. It takes a special kind of musician to capture that music. Here are two such musicians. Steve Lawson and Jez Carr recorded 'Conversations' with no preset agenda, just a desire to play together and see what happened. The result is outstanding. The deeply layered contrasts between the two instruments creates a stark landscape, peppered with deep colours. Steve is known as a gadget-head, but for this album used just one looping device. With it he creates all manner of rhythmic patterns, chordal loops and strange background noises. Anything you hear that is not piano is bass guitar, although ometimes it's difficult to believe that. Steve and Jez share a creative heart and an instinctive ability to listen to each other and react accordingly. It is this interplay that makes 'conversations' work so well. It is an intensely "listenable" album and something that you will find yourself going back to and re-exploring again and again.

Andy Long plays bass for Welsh rockers 3rd Day Rising and has been writing for Cross Rhythms for years.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Destination Unknown @ Point Of Departure-Drifting Dreaming [Listen]
2. Whateverwhatever-Migration [Listen]
3. Piano Minature [Listen]
4. Sweet 'N' Spike-Shades Of Creation [Listen]
6. 1, 2, 3, 4...-Broken Lead [Listen]
7. Closing Statement-At First Light [Listen]

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