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Rodney Waterman


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Rodney Waterman and Doug de Vries

Orpheus Music OM201 (July 1998)*
PO BOX 1363, Armidale NSW 2350, Australia

Reviews

*this version of CD now essentially impossible to obtain


Rodney Waterman & Doug de Vries

Carmo/14 [ECM 159 725-2] November 2000
ECM Records (Munich) [4 bonus tracks, 18 minutes more music] on the CARMO** label.
Order direct from ECM or, Fuse Music in Australia.
Available internationally through amazon.com
Tracks can also be purchased individually through iTunes.
An internet search will reveal wide purchase options.

*** Reviews [Carmo release] ***

 

Reviews - Įgua e Vinho (Orpheus Music OM 201):

"I want to thank you very much for all the passion and musicality dedicated to my compositions. Besides the splendid duet music, I'm still surprised about the duet instrumentation! I did not expect to listen to this amount of music from 'recorder & guitar'. Thank you for this good news!"
                             -- Egberto Gismonti, Brazil, July 1998.

"Waterman's playing revels in the freedom and improvisatory nature of the Brazilian music..."
               -- Benjamin Dunham, American Recorder, September 1998, p.23

"Rodney Waterman is one of Australia's most individual recorder players; his style is effervescent and controlled and has a natural improvisatory feel to it which suits this type of music perfectly ... Doug de Vries' guitar playing is stylish and natural throughout. He coaxes a beautiful tone and balance out of his instrument ... A recording project like this one must have been a big gamble for the performers, and Rodney Waterman and Doug de Vries are to be congratulated. Unusual and different and recommended to all..."
                       -- Peter Nussey, Recorder and Early Music, No. 22, 1998

"Agua e Vinho is a beautiful new recording by two of Melbourne's finest musicians: well-known jazz guitarist, Doug de Vries, and recorder virtuoso, Rodney Waterman ... some quite brilliant playing altogether. This beautifully presented CD would make a great addition to any music lover's collection."
                      -- Bōite Music Supplement, July/September 1998

"It is a very diverse and eminently listenable collection of pieces, lilting and lyrical, melancholy and lovely, haunting and atmospheric in turn. It's just amazing how  well the guitar and recorder go together, and the playing is nothing short of brilliant and very moving. Highly recommended."
                       -- Sophie Masson, The New Englander, August 12, 1998

"Is this one of our favourite new recorder CDs of 1998? We think so!....For all those jaded souls who want to hear their favourite instrument doing something a little different. Recorder playing from the heart and hip!
                       -- Dragon's Breath, Issue No.10, September 1998

"Beautiful collection of guitar/recorder duets, strong Brazilian feel"
    -- Steve Barnes, Radio RTR FM 92.1 in Perth, Western Australia, Jan 17th 1999 (Steve included "Song of Reconciliation" from the CD in his "pick of the year" show (17.1.99), featuring his favourite listens of 1998.


Reviews - Įgua  e Vinho (Carmo 14 159725-2, 2000):

"... Rodney Waterman elevates recorder music to heavenly and stratospheric levels of artistry, and Doug de Vries follows him up there on equal artistic footing on nylon-string guitar. The particular timbre of the recorder occasionally lends this duet music a medieval and minstrel-like feel ("El Noi de la Mare", "Recercada Primero"), but the raging virtuosity and deftness of speed of these two players can also result in a synergistic blastfurnace of sound out of proportion to the sparse tonal qualities of each instrument alone, most notably on "Ade", "Salvador" and "Frevo". It's not surprising, considering the fiery passion that they evoke, that these last two pieces are Egberto Gismonti compositions as are six of the total 21 tracks on this collection, perhaps qualifying the CD as a Gismonti tribute. Many of the other fifteen tracks also capture a potent Brasilian spirit, reflecting de Vries' interest in the genre. Though not well-known internationally, de Vries is esteemed in his native Australia, where in 1991 he won The Australian Jazz and Blues Award for "Best Jazz Guitarist". Listen to the samba flavored beauty that he coaxes solo from his guitar on "Chorinho Toccatina", technique and composition probably second only to Gismonti himself. Yeah, this music is at first glance esoteric and unique, but even better... it's brilliant."
                -- Alan Fark, Minor7th Webzine USA [Edition June/July 2001]

"Dall'Australia al Brasile, con passione. Rodney Waterman e Doug de Vries sono una strana coppia della musica: abitano nella terra dei canguri e di Megan Gale, ma da sempre coltivano uno sviscerato amore per il Brasile meno canonizzato dai tropicalismi da cartolina: quello di Egberto Gismonti e Hermeto Pascoal, per intendersi. La curiositą del duo č che gli unici strumenti impiegati qui sono flauti dolci in legno (dal soprano al basso), una chitarra a sette corde come quella di Gismonti, un cavaquinho. Spedito un nastro a Gismonti, patron della Carmo, ecco il disco del duo australiano: che assembla con infinita dolcezza ma senza alcuna leziositą tracce di Gismonti, brani folklorici catalani, brani rinascimentali, derivazioni dal gamelan e dall'afrosamba. Un po' di tutto, insomma: ma l'ascolto scorre fluido e sicuro."
                -- Guido Festinese, I Dischi della Settimana (CDs of the week), Il Manifesto (Italia)  31-3-2001

"... Quando qualcosa č bello e semplice ed ispira contentezza e rende lieto il cuore, me n’accorgo subito ... Si tratta di un magnifico disco, prodotto dall’etichetta di Egberto Gismonti, la Carmo, distribuita dalla ECM. L’album č un moderno collage di piccole delizie sudamericane per flauto e chitarra, suonati, rispettivamente dall’australiano Rodney Waterman e da Doug de Vries. I brani sono moltissimi ... Sono miniature di un disco che vale tutti i soldi che serve per comprarlo e che riempie il cuore di malinconia e di grande gioia ... “Įgua e Vinho” č un disco nuovo. Perché nuovo? Perché dice e parla al cuore, eleva lo spirito di contentezza, lo inebria di dolcezze inedite di profumi non scoperti ... Esiste un sito: www.ecmrecords.com. Se avete i soldi, la carta di credito e tutte queste fortune andateci, fate una passeggiata ed ordinatelo. Tanti amori ho vissuto e questo č uno di quelli ..."
                 -- Gian Piero Silvestro, Adamo & Eva  Italian Webzine 13-2-2001
                 

Availability/Orders (Online Purchase and Direct Retail):

Įgua e Vinho (
Carmo/ECM) widely available online and in selected stores internationally -- an internet search will reveal wide purchase options.
(Note: Orpheus OM 201 version unavailable since 2001)

Selected sites:

ECM Records Germany Fuse Music Australian distributor
Worldwide list of ECM distributors Readings Books and Music Australia
MOLLENHAUER Germany  
Barnes and Noble (Listen to excerpts from all tracks here)  
Amazon.com (UK, Germany, France)  
HMV Japan  

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