Courtney Pine: House of Legends – review

This brief review by David Gelly appeared in London’s Guardian.

Drawing on the varied styles of Caribbean music, and identifying them with historical events, figures and places, Pine has created a marvellous patchwork of melodies and rhythms. From the solemn opening threnody for Stephen Lawrence to a fizzing Tico-Tico at the end, it’s thoroughly absorbing. This album makes a fascinating companion piece to last year’s Europa, which treated European musical traditions in a similar way. For that, Pine confined himself to playing bass clarinet. This time he sticks to soprano saxophone, supported by an impressive cast of musicians, representing several generations.

For the original report go to http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/oct/28/courtney-pine-house-legends-review?newsfeed=true

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