Balloon Man (album)

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Balloon Man
Balloon Man.jpg
Studio album by Iain Ballamy
Released 1989
Recorded December 1988
Studio The Live House Studios, Launceston, Cornwall
Genre Jazz
Length 38:35
Label EG Records
Producer Balloon Man
Iain Ballamy chronology
Balloon Man
(1988)
All Men Amen
(1995)All Men Amen1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 3/4 stars[2]

Balloon Man is the debut album by English saxophonist Iain Ballamy, with Django Bates, Steve Watts and Martin France. It was released on the EG label in 1989.

Reception[edit]

AllMusic awarded the album with 4.5 out of 5 stars.[3] The Penguin Guide review says: "Although closely associated with the Loose Tubes big band, his debut as a leader suggests that he is very much his own man. Rather than pursuing a particular style on one of the saxophones, he plays with a light-toned fluency on both alto and tenor; and instead of featuring himself, he prefers to work closely with his comrade Bates – many of the tracks here are almost like contrapuntal duets with rhythm accompaniment".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Iain Ballamy except where noted.

  1. "Mode Forbode" – 4:41
  2. "Remember..." – 7:25
  3. "Rahsaan" – 4:14
  4. "Strawberries" – 6:58
  5. "Albert" – 6:05
  6. "Balloon Man" – 4:46
  7. "Jumble Sale" – 2:50
  8. "All I Ask of You" (Gregory Norbet) – 7:41

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ a b Richard Cook and Brian Morton, The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, LP & Cassette (Penguin, 1992: ISBN 978-0-14-015364-4).
  3. ^ Allmusic: Balloon Man accessed 1 May 2010