Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Steve Jolliffe - Vision Earth (2008)

A native of Britain, Steve Jolliffe has been an active keyboardist, flutist and saxophonist for over 35 years. His career started in 1967, when he met Rick Davies and formed a group called The Joint, which, after Steve left, evolved into Supertramp. Jolliffe's interest in classical music led him to the "Berlin High School for Music" in 1969. He was the first student accepted there who didn't have the ability to read music. And while at the school, he met Edgar Froese, and together with Klaus Schulze toured Germany as one of the earliest incarnations of Tangerine Dream.
"Vision Earth" is the soundtrack of the BBC documentary "Vision Earth". Here we listen to Jolliffe from a different side, with Berlin School sequences and more dramatic melodies with excellent synthesizer sounds. The movie itself is a kind of Koyannisquatsi or Chronos, where you can see fantastic landscapes in slow motion or from an airplane view. The music fits perfectly.

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