Personnel includes: David Sylvian (vocals); John Hassell, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Holger Czukay.
Recorded in Berlin, Germany and London, England in 1983 & 1984.
Personnel: David Sylvian (vocals, guitar, percussion, tapes); Holger Czukay (guitar, French horn); Ronny Drayton, Phil Palmer (guitar); Mark Isham, Jon Hassell (trumpet); Kenny Wheeler (flugelhorn); Steve Nye, Ryuichi Sakamoto (piano, synthesizer); Steve Jansen (synthesizer, drums, percussion); Richard Barbieri (synthesizer); Wayne Braithwaite (bass instrument); Danny Thompson (double bass).
For an album of only seven tracks, Brilliant Trees is an eclectic affair fusing funk, jazz, and ambient. Its best pieces are the moody jazz of "Red Guitar," the dusky atmosphere of "Weathered Wall," and "Brilliant Trees" itself, both of which feature the woozy trumpet of Eno collaborator and fourth-world pioneer Jon Hassell. The record also showcases guest players like Holger Czukay. Some CD editions also carry the three-part "Words With the Shaman" to make up a fuller album. ~ Kelvin Hayes
Q (11/03, p.135) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Emotive and inventive, this was the best of the four albums he recorded before reuniting with his former band-mates in 1990..."