118

Billy Childs Ensemble: Lyric: Jazz-Chamber Music Vol. 1

Dr. Judith Schlesinger By

Sign in to view read count
Billy Childs Ensemble: Lyric: Jazz-Chamber Music Vol. 1 Two questions come to mind when encountering Billy Child's intriguing, long-overdue new release. First, what exactly is "jazz-chamber music"? Is the "chamber music" part simply a function of adding classical instrumentation (strings, harp) or a reference to occasional resemblances to Bach and Satie and the French impressionists—or is it just a new banner flying over what used to be called the "third stream"?

Then, after listening to Lyric once or twice, a second question emerges: Why should we care what it's called? The music is lovely and lush, variously urgent and tranquil, and always elegantly scored; Childs' piano playing is nothing less than... well, lyrical. It's truly beautiful stuff, wherever you choose to file it, much of it commissioned pieces where traditional jazz flows through some heart-soaring orchestral landscapes.

Of course, others have tried merging jazz and classical music, with varying degrees of success. (Two of the best examples are Fred Hersch's French-and Russian-composer trio CDs, now criminally out of print, and Chick Corea's ultimate version of "Spain" with the London Philharmonic, which happily is not.) In line with the best of these efforts, Childs transcends all the arbitrary stylistic barriers without abandoning structure and sense; he's an authentic artist, so this ain't no self-indulgent noodling.



The music is also corporation-free, since Childs has birthed this CD with the help of the midwives at ArtistShare. As such, Lyric is only available through Billy Childs on the web.


Track Listing: In Carson's Eyes' Goodbye, Friend; Into the Light; Prelude in Bb Major; The Old Man Tells His Story; Hope, in the Face of Despair; Scarborough Fair; Quiescence; American Landscape.

Personnel: Billy Childs: piano; Larry Koonse: nylon-string and steel-string acoustic guitar; Bob Sheppard: soprano sax, alto sax, alto flute, Bb clarinet; Carol Robbins: harp; Scott Colley: acoustic bass (1,2,4-6,8); Brian Blade: drums (1,2,5-8); Jimmy Johnson: electric bass (3,7,9); Marvin

Title: Lyric: Jazz-Chamber Music Vol. 1 | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Lunacy Music


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Crossing CD/LP/Track Review Crossing
by Geno Thackara
Published: June 25, 2017
Read Unit[e] CD/LP/Track Review Unit[e]
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 25, 2017
Read Such A Sky CD/LP/Track Review Such A Sky
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: June 25, 2017
Read Buer: Book Of Angels Volume 31 CD/LP/Track Review Buer: Book Of Angels Volume 31
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: June 25, 2017
Read BACHanalia CD/LP/Track Review BACHanalia
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 24, 2017
Read Hallways CD/LP/Track Review Hallways
by Paul Rauch
Published: June 24, 2017
Read "Piano Song" CD/LP/Track Review Piano Song
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: January 19, 2017
Read "Guitar Fantasies" CD/LP/Track Review Guitar Fantasies
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: November 2, 2016
Read "Down Memory Lane 2 / Down Memory Lane Vol. 3, The Power Package" CD/LP/Track Review Down Memory Lane 2 / Down Memory Lane Vol. 3, The Power...
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 27, 2016
Read "Resolution" CD/LP/Track Review Resolution
by Dave Wayne
Published: November 15, 2016
Read "PausaLive" CD/LP/Track Review PausaLive
by Patrick Keyes
Published: April 27, 2017
Read "Michael Gamble and The Rhythm Serenaders" CD/LP/Track Review Michael Gamble and The Rhythm Serenaders
by Mark Sullivan
Published: August 19, 2016

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.