Various Artists

Colours of Sound

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November Music released its first sampler CD, entitled Colours of Sound, in mid-2001. At that time the label had 11 productions out, and a general esthetic was already tangible, something this album puts into light. The disc opens with a few Eastern European numbers by the Dél-Alföldi Saxophone Ensemble, the Dresch Quartet, and Azopa. Things later move into the blend of avant-garde jazz and Eastern European and circus music that is Max Nagl's cup of tea, with one track taken from each of his three November titles available at the time. Two selections from Rob Schwimmer, Uri Caine, and Mark Feldman's CD, Theremin Noir, are interspersed. The title track from Nagl's The Evil Garden being very soft, it paves the way for two excerpts from the marimba-led CD Water Mirror by Michael Kiedaisch, Mike Svoboda, and Eberhard Hahn to bring the album to a gentle stop. This studied sequence makes Colours of Sound more than a sampler -- it is also an enjoyable album by itself. What is more disappointing is the label's decision to package it without the original design and striking artwork standard to its regular releases. As long as they are trying to catch the attention of new listeners, it would have been better if they had not stripped the visual dimension off.

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