Bill Laswell: Operazone: The Redesign
I never thought I would ever say this about a recording, but Operazone is a total and complete failure. It falters somewhere between smooth jazz and new agegentle strings and unceasing beats underlie saccharine melodies and intermittent wimpy improvisations by cornet/flugelhorn player Graham Haynes and tenor saxophonist Byard Lancaster. There is absolutely no meat to this record. Opera lovers: stay far, far away; the humanity has been taken out of this music. Smooth jazz lovers: perhaps Operazone might have some appeal, but why not stay with the tried and true Kenny G. At least he's a teeny bit controversial, if you were to judge by Pat Metheny's recent outspoken criticisms.
Track Listing: L'Elisir D'Amore (Una Furtiva Lagrima); La Traviata (Love Theme); Samson & Dalila (Mon Coeur S'Ouvre A Ta Voix); Turandot (Nessun Dorma); La Traviata (Prelude); La Forza Del Destino (Overture); Tosca (E Lucevan Le Stelle); Tosca Second Act (Orchestral Background); Reprise.
Personnel: Bill Laswell: producer; Alan Douglas: producer; Karl Berger: string & horn arrangements, keyboards; Graham Haynes: cornet, flugelhorn; Byard Lancaster: tenor saxophone; Material Strings: orchestra.
Record Label: Knitting Factory
Style: Modern Jazz