Published since 2004
Paul Olson lives in Chicago, idolizes Clint Eastwood, Toshiro Mifune and Fred Astaire, and doesn't like the president much.
The second suite, "The First Three Lives of Stuart Hornsley, omits vibes, drums, and tuba and has a slightly different string quartet lineup. Two of its three parts are very briefwonderful vignettes, really. The longest, "Together, is one of the CD's high points, a luminous morningsong of plucked unison strings, tremolo guitar, and Bynum's singing, almost clarinet-like cornet.
If much of this recording fuses elements of jazz with 20th Century composition, "Dakinis' Dance and "Chuck two of the three concluding "SpiderMonkey Stories bring the rock. "Dakinis' Dance is built around a lurching groove of bass line tuba, drums, and skittering, brittle guitar that starts and stops maddeningly (silence and plucked strings alternating) throughout the track. The final piece, "Meditation, is all shimmer and alien beauty, Bynum blowing simple notes against gorgeously scored strings that sweep across the sonic field like sunbeams through cloudbreak.
The instrumentation on Other Stories is entirely successful and essential to making the compositions work, marking this release as the best album of the year.
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Track Listing: Supo Eno: Parts One-Four; The First Three Lives of Stuart Hornsley: Stuart's Theme; Small Mistakes; Together; SpiderMonkey Stories: Dakinis' Dance; Chuck; Meditation.
Personnel: Taylor Ho Bynum: cornet, compositions; Jason Kao Hwang: violin; Pete Fitzpatrick: guitar; Stephanie Griffin: viola; Jessica Pavone: violin, viola (1-4,8-10); Tomas Ulrich: cello (1-4,8-10); Joseph Daley: tuba (1-4,8-10); Luther Gray: drums (1-4,8-10); Jay Hoggard: vibraphone (1-4,8-10); Jean Cook: violin (5-7); Okkyung Lee: cello (5-7).
Record Label: 482 Music
Style: Beyond Jazz
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