Carson gave this album
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.
|1||Night on the Roof||11||Summer in the City|
|2||Children in the Park||12||Words you Say|
|3||World in Your Arms||13||Oasis|
|5||Under the Pont Neuf||15||Old Man in the Rain|
|6||Through the Backyard Window||16||Sensitive Sentence|
|7||A Passion Play||17||Summerdays|
|8||Confirming the Question||18||Centre Pompidou|
|9||Babylon People||19||Ragman Talking|