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FERDINANDO FARAO & ARTCHIPEL ORCHESTRA: To Lindsay; Omaggio a Lindsay Cooper
Five of Lindsayís compositions: Half the Sky, England Descending, Anno Mirabilis, Black Gold and As She Breathes in new arrangements by Ferdinando Farao for 25 piece jazz orchestra and guest Chris Cutler. Essentially these are live recordings of studio performances, with a strong sound and interesting additional detours and solos. The long additional solo to Black Gold is particularly successful, I think (though the bass throughout is sometimes too invariant and stiff - to my taste, anyway... but itís hard to be objective with this material, which I know so well. All praise to Fernando, though, who has realised his own vision while remaining true to the compositions and the original spirit. The sixth piece on the CD, To Lindsay, is Ferdinandoís own composition, with text by Emily Dickinson - and the CD concludes with a second version of Half the Sky, remixed by Bob Drake.