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View From The Edge - Review

If the title sounds familiar, that is because this is a reissue of the saxophonist's powerful 1994 album featuring his quintet of the day (with the excellent Rob Statham in particularly ear-catching form on electric bass), and special guests Tony Coe, Jeff Clyne and John Marshall. This was the Birmingham-born saxophonist's second album, and featured mostly his own music, other than a brisk version of Cole Porter's 'Love For Sale'. Then as now, he largely avoided stock harmonic solutions in his playing, and the disc revealed a pleasingly eclectic approach to his diverse influences, which would develop in even more wide-ranging fashion in the ensuing years, taking in bop, free improv, prog rock and electronica. 

The remastered version of the original album comet in a 2-CD package with a second disc made up of one live cut ('The Ghosts of Witley Court' from the Jazz Cafe in 1994) three genuinely alternative takes of tracks from the album, and two more - 'Psychogroove' and 'The Purple Sky' - in contemporary 'reconstruction/remix' versions by Cipher and Hugh Hopper respectively. The original music still sounds fresh, and the alternate perspectives offered on the second disc are equally compelling. 

Kenny Mathieson. Jazz Wise. August 2003

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