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CD REVIEW: Heillig Manoeuvre – “inmotion”
By Stacey Board - 09/21/2004 - 07:18 PM EDT

Artist: Band: Heillig Manoeuvre
Album: “inmotion”
CD Review: I must admit that sometimes I am intimidated by jazz. I feel like I should be educated in order to know whether I like it or not. But just like wine, learning helps but you still like what you like.

And I like “inmotion”. If some jazz composers make us feel like we need a college course to appreciate them, not so with Heillig.

The guitar tones remind me slightly of Pat Matheny’s but with a more modern sensibility. There is obvious imagination at work in the song structures but they are still very accessable to an average listener like me. The songs are entirely instrumental. This makes me even more impressed at how expressive the playing is. The melody and individual players make each composition appealing and meaningful.

The strongest part of the appeal for me is the ease in the compositions and the players. What comes across in the melodies and performances is a comfort in their talent and the tools they using. There is no sense of pretension, only true talent and confident performances.

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