Inspired by a couple of trips to the circus back in 2002, pianist Nick Ramm put this ensemble together and kept the chaotic nature of the big top in mind while writing the music. Clown Revisited takes you in to an atmosphere created by the simple, twisted melodies of the music the clowns put in front of you in the circus. "Flashes of A Normal World" comprises 10 tracks of circus-inspired themes, composed by Nick Ramm for his band Clown Revisited's extrordinary line up. After the opening afro-peruvian groove, we hear vauderville harmonies, a cha-cha, medieval hip hop, a quick frenzied clown dance and a slow piece with a never-ending melody. Jack Sims (Ex-Men) reads his poem and adds his voice on a revamped "There Are Many Ways".
"His compositions are pleasingly varied but cohere intelligently as album elements; his piano playing is percussive and forceful, fluent and imaginative as required; his control of the various musical elements at his disposal exemplary. All in all, a highly entertaining album that reveals fresh subtleties every time it's played."
"This is an excellent debut from Ramm showing his great potential as a composer. Despite its unorthodox line up the music is charming, witty, intelligent and melodic and certainly not difficult. It deserves to do well and we should hear a lot more of Nick Ramm in the future."