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John Dowland: In Darkness Let Me Dwell

Lutist Stephen Stubbs, baroque violinist Maya Homburger and double-bassist Barry Guy join multireedist John Surman and tenor-vocalist/leader John Potter for 14 modern interpretations of Dowland’s supremely sad ballads. You would usually find Dowland albums in the classical or early-music sections of the CD store, and despite the presence of Surman and Guy, that’s almost certainly where In Darkness Let Me Dwell will be placed. While that’s probably the best spot for it, there is improvisation on the album, specifically in the way the tunes are linked with free passages that allow the players using such relatively modern instruments as the double bass and the soprano saxophone, just enough space to make their own marks on centuries-old songs.

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