Private City

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Private City
Private City.jpg
Studio album by John Surman
Released 1987
Genre Jazz
Length 39:57
Label ECM
Producer Manfred Eicher
John Surman chronology
Withholding Pattern
Private City
Road to Saint Ives
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Private City is a solo album by English saxophonist John Surman, released on the ECM label in 1987.


Allmusic awarded the album with 4 stars and its review by Michael G. Nastos states: "This album, a fully realized project, has Surman exploiting all of the timbres and tones available to him in a manner he could not accomplish with other musicians in real time. It's a full exploration of his soul, from land, sea, and outer atmospheric galaxies, on wings of supersonic fancy and fantasy."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by John Surman.

  1. "Portrait of a Romantic" – 7:03
  2. "On Hubbard's Hill" – 4:33
  3. "Not Love Perhaps" – 5:20
  4. "Levitation" – 4:06
  5. "Undernote" – 2:44
  6. "The Wanderer" – 5:46
  7. "Roundelay" – 5:15
  8. "The Wizard's Song" – 8:51


  • John Surman – baritone and soprano saxophones, bass clarinet, recorder, piano, synthesizer


  1. ^ a b Nastos, Michael G.. Private City at AllMusic accessed 8 June 2010