Visions

Carson gave this album 4.25 notes4.25 notes4.25 notes4.25 notes4.25 notes on 2013-03-17.

Uwe Gronau's Visions is a very evocative Nu Jazz album featuring themes of the dichotomy between the man made and natural world.

I am unsure as to whether this contrast on Visions was intentional, but this does seem to be a large focus of the album. For instance, seasonal patterns are represented in "Summer in the City" and "Summerdays". While, "Night on the Roof", "Night Visions", and "Summerdays" relate to the day / night cycle. Weather also plays a role in "Old Man in the Rain". Finally, "Jungle" and "Oasis" represent natural environments.

In comparison, the man-made is represented by "Traffic", "Children in the Park" (parks are man-made environments created to look like the natural world), "Summer in the City", and others. "Summer in the City", is a link between the two sides as we see a blending of nature (seasons) with the created (city).

I am more familiar with the more traditional forms of Jazz with focus on piano, guitar, bass, and brass, but Uwe Gronau makes the synthesizier work well. Several of the tracks - notably "Sensitive Sentence" and "Jungle" have elements that are reminiscent of Robert Mles' music. Although, a few of the songs such as "Open Windows" and "Through the Backyard Window" are very much in keeping with the stylings of traditional Jazz.

Visions is a quality album with something to offer for fans of both modern and traditional Jazz and is definitely worth checking out.

TrackNameCarsonKatherine   TrackNameCarsonKatherine
1 Night on the Roof 3.75 notes3.75 notes3.75 notes3.75 notes     11 Summer in the City 4.5 notes4.5 notes4.5 notes4.5 notes4.5 notes
2 Children in the Park 4.5 notes4.5 notes4.5 notes4.5 notes4.5 notes     12 Words you Say 4 notes4 notes4 notes4 notes
3 World in Your Arms 3.75 notes3.75 notes3.75 notes3.75 notes     13 Oasis 4 notes4 notes4 notes4 notes
4 Traffic 4.25 notes4.25 notes4.25 notes4.25 notes4.25 notes     14 Night Visions 3.75 notes3.75 notes3.75 notes3.75 notes
5 Under the Pont Neuf 4.5 notes4.5 notes4.5 notes4.5 notes4.5 notes     15 Old Man in the Rain 4 notes4 notes4 notes4 notes
6 Through the Backyard Window 4 notes4 notes4 notes4 notes     16 Sensitive Sentence 4.25 notes4.25 notes4.25 notes4.25 notes4.25 notes
7 A Passion Play 4.25 notes4.25 notes4.25 notes4.25 notes4.25 notes     17 Summerdays 4 notes4 notes4 notes4 notes
8 Confirming the Question 4.25 notes4.25 notes4.25 notes4.25 notes4.25 notes     18 Centre Pompidou 4.25 notes4.25 notes4.25 notes4.25 notes4.25 notes
9 Babylon People 4.25 notes4.25 notes4.25 notes4.25 notes4.25 notes     19 Ragman Talking 4.25 notes4.25 notes4.25 notes4.25 notes4.25 notes
10 Open Windows 4 notes4 notes4 notes4 notes     20 Jungle 4 notes4 notes4 notes4 notes
Disclosure: I receieved a review copy of Visions from Creative Services.

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