Lalo Schifrin: Metamorphosis: Jazz Meets The Symphony #4
The jazz tributes this time out include a fascinating, highly-orchestrated Monk medley (peppered with Schifrin's surprisingly Monk-like piano) and a lovely Gershwin-like memorial to Bix Beiderbeck ("Rhapsody for Bix") featuring Morrison. The two Schifrin originals (the pretty Latin shuffle of "Sanctuary" and the filmic "Invisible City") are beauties and quite reminiscent of his Verve jazz days (interesting to note that Schifrin doesn't explore past compositions here as he has on previous jazz / symphony discs). Schifrin's strength in provocative arrangements is explored on a stirring take of Gil Evans' "La Nevada" (showcasing Wienstroer's violin) and the unique, jazzy "Tosca Variations."
Too often Schifrin is thought of as a film composer who plays jazz or an arranger who conducts orchestras rather than a renaissance musician capable of serving each of his passions equally well. Metamorphosis is sufficient evidence that one endeavor can appeal to all such varieties of Schifrin's audiences. It's a real treat for jazz lovers and those who appreciate Schifrin's orchestral abilities too – with nary a concession to compromise either way. Available via mail-order atwww.schifrin.com .
Tracks:La Nevada; Sanctuary; Tosca Variations; Miraculous Monk (Medley); Invisible City; Rhapsody For Bix.
Personnel: James Morrison: trumpet, flugelhorn; Lalo Schifrin: arranger, conductor, piano; Markus Wienstroer: jazz violin, guitar; Ray Brown: bass; Jeff Hamilton: drums; Francisco Aguabella: congas; London Symphony Orchestra.
Record Label: Aleph Records