Claude R. Werner originally from Chile, landed in Newcastle upon Tyne by a circuitous route that took in New York, Paris, Barcelona, and goodness knows where else- a visiting Danish rhythm section greeted him as an old friend. Learnt his craft on the front-line playing with world class musicians across Europe. Those who have come to expect a sometimes slightly psychotic post-bopper tenor saxophonist are beguiled by the warm expressiveness of his tone in his most recent work, Thoughts and Recollections. Listen to the music.
Zinner handmade wooden mouthpiece
Brass Ligature by Stuart McDonald
Claude Werner has a great tenor sound that draws richly upon his knowlege of the tradition, his trio allows for ample space in which it can take centre stage Tim Garland
For those who only know Claude as last night's sax toting tenor player shooting from and to 'the hip' at The Chilli, or the frontier stretching avant gardist of The Blofield Experiment, this CD reveals yet another facet of his personality.
Thoughts and Recollections might, on the first spin, be wrongly described as bland. However, this is far from the case as repeated listenings have proved. The title of the album is apt - these are the original thoughts, recollections and compositions of a man who is not only a talented player but an equally compelling composer.
Daydreaming portrays exactly what the title says and, in places, reminded me a little of early Warne Marsh.
Nostalgia in Jesmond Vale - how could anyone from the north-east not be drawn to this even if it was written by a man from Chile?
Underneath it all, David Carnegie plays subtly and effectively
Willing to teach