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John Surman & Howard Moody


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Master reedman John Surman and organist Howard Moody in the rich acoustics of Ullern Church in Oslo with a repertoire that includes original compositions, improvisations, traditional folk songs and spirituals.

Howard Moody and Surman first collaborated on “Proverbs and Songs” in 1996, where Moody was the conductor, subsequently also taking over the role of organist. John Surman: I really enjoyed Howard’s approach to the improvised sections and we decided that we would try and do some more playing together in the future. I continued working with Howard when he invited me to compose some pieces for the Sarum Orchestra of which he is conductor and musical director. Eventually, after some exciting ‘workshopping’ sessions in Penshurst church in Kent, we were ready to record together.

This is music of rare sensitivity. Fifteen tracks, each one a miniature fashioned with extraordinary care and joy, shared with organist Howard Moody. Far from being a junior partner here, Moody provides the deeper, darker hues that make these pictures so compelling.
This is one of Surman�s most atmospheric albums, which given his output to date makes for the highest recommendation.

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