STEVE JOLIFFE The Bruton Suite (Voiceprint VP280CD)(2003)
Steve Joliffe was a member of Tangerine Dream in the early seventies, and he's carved his own niche ever since for
wonderful soundscapes and decidely new ageish offerings.
The Bruton Suite was inspired by the place where Joliffe was living at the time, a church. It's an expansive 18-part work
that is orchestral in concept and execution. If you have an ear for the grand masters of the baroque, notably
JS Bach and Vivaldi, you will find this work intriguing. This might not be so uncomfortable for the uninitiated as Bach has
been called the father of rock 'n' roll.
Elsewhere, Joliffe's timbre is high renaissance, with the keyboard taking the lute part and conjuring up an image
of Merrie England. A difficult album to market, no doubt, but if you're into the Rick Wakeman school of keyboard
wizardry you will find much to please here.