Westering Home

John Surman

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Westering Home Review

by Jason Ankeny

Westering Home captures British reedist John Surman at his most melodic and soulful, channeling the audacity of previous outings to create music that's still daring but with a new emphasis on structure, texture and tone. The album is vividly experimental yet deeply intimate -- while previous LPs like How Many Clouds Can You See? seemed fascinated with the reaches of sound, here Surman turns inward to explore the heart and mind. At the same time, his playing boasts its signature physical prowess, but with a new economy of scale -- his solos are honed to a razor's edge, and not a single note is superfluous.

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