Misha Alperin: Night (2002)
Night was performed and recorded live in 1998 at Vossa Jazz Festival in Norway. As customary with ECM recordings, the sound is exquisite, and emphasizes the theme for the listener to experience. Alperin's arranging and composing skills are brought to life as the selections create the moods and feels of various night visions. The opener “Tuesday” plays out in somber and moving waves with the violoncello’s dark notes. Strange and wonderful things also occur when the sun settles, which is implicated on the spirited piece “Second Piece” with its marimba/piano/violin dueling. Anja Lechner plays beautifully with deep and dark tones from the violincello. Percussionist Hans-Kristian Sorenson brings an assortment of sounds with drums, bells, chimes, wood, and whatever else is at hand to bring vibrancy into the music. “Heavy Hour” plays out like a nocturnal visit into some unknown land with its tribal chants, percussive energy, and chilling string work. The suite ends with the beautiful and intriguing “Far, Far ....” It moves like a passing storm in the middle of the hours of darkness. Striking, complex, and full of energy, Night is an illuminating piece of music.
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Track Listing: 1. Tuesday 2. Tango 3. Adagio 4. Second Game 5. Dark Drops 6. Night 7. Heavy Hour 8. Far, Far...
Personnel: Anja Lechner : violoncello / Hans-Kristian Kjos S
Record Label: ECM Records
Style: Fringes of Jazz