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Pavane

by Paul Higgs

is a beautiful and evocative series of compositions. An atmospheric meeting between classical and jazz that transports the listener into exotic and calming soundworlds, led by the elegant and seductive sound of Paul's Trumpet.
Genre: New Age: Neo-Classical
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1. Crystalline
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2. The Glow of Evening
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3. A Simple Truth
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4. Parisienne Affair
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5. Catalonia
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6. Pavane
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7. Clocks
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8. Vale and Valley
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9. Salvation
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10. Shadows and Desire
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11. Song of the Siren
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
‘Pavane’ is a collection of original compositions that blur the boundaries between classical and jazz. Each piece shows us a new soundscape, and the exquisite sound of Paul’s trumpet transports us through each one in turn. From the sense of romantic longing in A Simple Truth, through the rising elegiac quality and counterpoint of Crystalline, to the haunting mystery of Catalonia, ‘Pavane’ takes us on an inspiring musical journey.

Paul has created many albums but this is his first to blend the genres of jazz and classical music. He has never felt restricted by musical boundaries and wanted to make an album that combines the freedom of jazz with the rich sonorities of classical music. 'Pavane' presents pieces in song form in a classical style with an emphasis on melody and counterpoint.

The jazz ensemble is complemented by a string section with classical guitar, and highlighted by the melodious sounds of a cello. Paul’s trumpet flows throughout with a voice that is in turn seductive, playful and intriguing. His consummate skill and seemingly effortless technique produce a sound of unearthly beauty.


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Helena Dee

PAUL HIGGS IS AN AMAZINGLY-GOOD TRUMPET PLAYER WITH A NEW ALBUM OUT
Because of his talent, versatility and vast musical knowledge, Paul Higgs is much in-demand as a concert performer, studio session musician, arranger, producer and musical director for performing and recording musicians, theater productions, film and television. But the spotlight is squarely on Higgs himself on his new album, PAVANE.

But despite all those musical attributes and the fact that he can play three or four-dozen different instruments, on this CD he is featured on the instrument on which he is extremely proficient -- the trumpet (although he also plays all the piano parts). One listen and you will immediately recognize what a great tone and feeling he gets out of his horn.

This is extremely-melodic instrumental music that sounds jazzy one moment then like modern classical the next with bits of Broadway show tune licks, new age and easy-listening pop worked into the mix.
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Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
British horn player Paul Higgs' latest release is a trumpet-based album that people who are not particularly fans of trumpet music can enjoy.

I feel comfortable saying that because, although I do appreciate the contributions and embellishments of horns to music, I am by no means a horn enthusiast, and yet I enjoy this CD as much as I would a well done guitar-based album – or any album of good music, really.

I think the key to Higgs' success here is that rather than make a CD of simply “trumpet music,” he has delivered a collection of pleasant ear-catching compositions that just happen to have the trumpet as the lead instrument. Instead of resorting to showy, flamboyant histrionics, Higgs just plays it straight, keeping to the melodies with eloquent phrasing and letting the distinctive sound of the horn speak for itself.

So in the end, it's Higgs' skill as a composer and his tasteful restraint as a trumpeter that elevate this album to a high level of exquisite elegance.
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