Judy Dyble — Talking with Strangers
(Brilliant Music FXTR CD113, 2009, CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2010-07-01
For those of you not old enough to remember, Judy Dyble was Fairport Convention’s original vocalist who left after their first album. She then hooked up with Ian McDonald and the original line up of Giles, Giles, and Fripp and some other groups along the way. Then Judy dropped out in 1973 only to return in 2004. Talking with Strangers is her fourth release since then. Co-written by Judy, Tim Bowness (No-Man), and Alistair Murphy (curator of the Cromer Museum), Talking with Strangers is a mixture of folk, acid folk, jazz, and progressive rock. Judy is accompanied by an all-star lineup of her friends: Ian McDonald, Robert Fripp, Simon Nicol, Julianne Regan (All About Eve), Jacqui McShee, Celia Humphris (Trees), and Pat Mastelotto. Judy’s voice is rich and vibrant, that of a much younger woman, and her excellent cover of Greg Lake’s “C’est la vie” is so beautiful that you could fall in love. Though Tim Bowness is in the background, you can definitely feel his presence throughout, especially the sadness of the title track, “Grey October Day,” and the 19 minute “Harpsong.” “Harpsong” is an oddball in that it appears to end after five minutes only to begin anew with lyrics that could have come from No-Man’s Schoolyard Ghosts. This is a poignant song about Judy restarting her career. Then at roughly the nine-minute mark, the music shifts to a King Crimson-esque jam, with Judy returning to the original melody to close the song on an upbeat. Highly recommended.
Didier Lockwood RIP – Word reaches us today of the death of one of France's great jazz musicians, violinist Didier Lockwood. His playing bridged many worlds, from traditional jazz to fusion to progressive rock, and his talent can be heard on recordings by Magma, Clearlight, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, and many more. Lockwood was 62. » Read more
10 Years of Fruits de Mer - The Incomplete Angler – Those of you who are faithful followers of Exposé will know that we have been promoting Fruits de Mer and its side labels and releases from nearly its first year. Now music journalist and author Dave Thompson has written a book chronicling the past ten years as a celebration of this milestone. » Read more
Bill Bruford Ventures into Uncharted Territory – Drum master Bill Bruford, veteran of some of the most creative bands in history (King Crimson, Yes, Genese, etc.), is sharing some of what he's learned about being a drummer and a musician in his new book, Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer, out on University of Michigan Press. » Read more