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Charles Pillow: Van Gogh Letters

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Those who like Debussy's Nocturnes will love what this trio does on the crossover Van Gogh Letters. Three master musicians venture into saxophonist Charles Pillow's softly articulated, impressionistic/minimalist tone poems. Inspired by Letters of Vincent Van Gogh, Pillow translates the great artist's phrases and sentences into painterly sounds evocative of a quieter, less-pressured epoch. The trio embarks on a journey through the varied places and moods that the gentle, saintly, and troubled Van Gogh saw and painted with intense beauty ...

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Charles Pillow: Sound Crafter

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Charles Pillow is a musician's musician who works with diverse ensembles from jazz to pops to classical, small group to large ensemble, straight-ahead to avant-garde. He grew up in Baton Rouge, La., and studied music at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, before eventually settling in the New York City area as a working professional.He has worked with groups, vocalists, and leaders as varied as Dave Liebman, Michael Brecker, Jay Z, Broadway pit orchestras, Mariah Carey and ...

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Charles Pillow: Part 3 - The Planets

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Charles Pillow The PlanetsArtistShare2007 This review follows Charles Pillow: Part 1--Crossing the Divide between Jazz and Classical Repertoire, an introduction to the work of the reed player and composer, and Charles Pillow: Part 2--Pictures At An Exhibition (ArtistShare, 2005), a review of another Pillow disc. Gustav Mahler said that a symphony should form a universe. If not ...

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Charles Pillow: Part 2 - Pictures at an Exhibition

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Charles PillowPictures At An ExhibitionArtistShare2005 This review follows Charles Pillow: Part 1--Crossing the Divide between Jazz and Classical Repertoire, introducing the reed player and composer's work, and is followed by Charles Pillow: Part 3--The Planets a review of a second Pillow disc, The Planets (Artist Share, 2007). Pictures at an Exhibition, made in 2003 but not released until two years later, ...

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Charles Pillow: Part 1 - Crossing the Divide between Jazz and Classical Repertoire

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 While jazz began as a form of entertainment, it has evolved into a more serious musical genre. Its multiple roots in gospel, blues, popular, folk, Caribbean, African, and other world musics give it a complexity and richness tailor-made for extended musical explorations and through-composing. In addition, jazz musicians have made use of the music of Debussy, Stravinsky, Milhaud, Bartok and other classical composers as they search for new ways to ...



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