When Andy Summers' take on the Charles Mingus composition first came out as part of Summers' 2000 Mingus tribute album Peggy's Blue Skylight, I wasn't completely taken by it due to its length and its very classical bent. In fact, I passed it over frequently for the more jazz-rock fusion numbers on the record.
have just recently been listening to the nearly 10-minute epic
several times, and I now find it to be a masterpiece of intricate
beauty. It is basically Summers playing restrained electric guitar
both over and behind a vast expanse of alternatively prominent and
subdued violins and cellos.
is a grandly ambitious piece that fulfills its lofty aspirations, and
in the end it is quite something to behold.