David Newton

Return Journey

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David Newton chose to focus exclusively on original works for this 1992 solo session. Although there are no liner notes, one can't help but wonder if he lost someone very dear to him prior to the making of this CD. The pianist's thoughtful opener is the hauntingly beautiful and bittersweet "Stolen Time," a complex piece that avoids a strict ballad structure, while taking the listener through an emotional roller coaster. "While You're Away," at just over 11 minutes, is actually a mini suite. It begins as a jig, though it soon grows more hesitant, as if the player is having second thoughts about his celebration. After a brief pause, Newton switches to a more reflective mood, with a touch of pensiveness. The second half of the disc, which is subtitled Return Journey, includes the constantly probing post-bop "Into Somewhere" and the gorgeous ballad finale "Gone Forever." David Newton is well known in his homeland (Great Britain) for his extensive for radio, television and films, as well as his numerous recordings. This brilliant release on Linn merits greater attention from jazz fans across the Atlantic Ocean.

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