Gil Melle


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In his return to Blue Note after an absence of over three decades, Melle made no bones about the fact that he had left jazz far behind. This is a CD of abstract and impressionistic electronic compositions, sometimes with an electronic pulse, but mostly in idioms related to film, contemporary classical and even Japanese music. The percolating "Message From Mozambique" -- the most memorable music on the album, regardless of idiom -- is the closest that Gil comes to something resembling a jazz feeling. The musical textures and the graphic art in the booklet (also designed by Melle) display a cool, glistening, technological sheen -- even "The Blue Lion," a subdued reaction to the death of Melle's mentor, Alfred Lion. Those who know Melle only through his jazz sides from the '50s are hereby warned; the man has definitely changed.

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