There are some musicians throughout time, who managed to reconcile the essentials of auditory enjoyment with their writing style, regardless of musical genre. In that process they create truly "music to our ears".
It's good to have this four-CD box set of everything Ian & Sylvia did in the studio for Vanguard, as their valuable contributions to folk and folk-rock are (several decades later, anyway) underrated. There are a few things that could have been added to the package to make it more definitive, though…
Of all absolutely modern chamber music artists, pianist Sylvie Courvoisier perhaps comes closest to imitating the pirouettes, the leaps, the twists and turns of dancers' bodies. When she plays, her hands cross over as if the bodies of dancers were intertwined. This makes the experience of the audio recording of Abaton (2003), her debut for ECM, extra special. She must surely have envisioned dancers making their way to that mythical, forbidden land of "Abaton."
Scion of an illustrious family of musicians - Baro Sarane and Matelo Ferret - without whom the history of jazz in Paris would not be quite the same, the small Boulou had not expected the number of years shine and get noticed in the early 60s by Barclay. Label for which the young guitarist would record a remarkable series of Eps and LPs under the no less remarkable Paris All Stars, led by Alain Goraguer phalanx and its panels were nothing less than Michel Portal, Maurice Vander, Pierre Michelot or Eddy Louiss, among others. The rest - 70 years - will also face a fresh and modern, facing a power and poetic fusion. The entirety of these previously unreleased recordings CD offers a complete look and highly anticipated career we know the young Boulou become a great modern guitar.
"On the Other Hand" finds pianist Michel Camilo straying from his normal piano trio format to command a larger ensemble with horns and percussion. This expansion is continued further with the addition of a guest vocalist on one track ("Forbidden Fruit"). His stunning piano chops, however, are in fine form as usual, as are his masterful composing and arranging skills. With this release, his fifth as a leader, Camilo is in his prime.