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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John Clark: The Odd Couple Quintet +1

Read "The Odd Couple Quintet +1" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

John Clark ha acquisito notorietà negli anni settanta, quando fu tra i principali strumentisti dell'orchestra di Gil Evans. Si sa che l'arrangiatore canadese aveva un debole per il corno francese e non se ne privò al varo della big-band “elettrica."
Con John Clark lo strumento è uscito dal ruolo di strumento occasionale che aveva avuto ...

John Clark: The Odd Couple Quintet +1

Read "The Odd Couple Quintet +1" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Yes, it is true that French horn and bassoon are not commonplace instruments in jazz. Attempts have been made to use them, of course, most recently by Julian Schneemann on Roundabout, but in that work, they were used more as colors in the mix.

What is unusual is for these instruments to be in the ...

John Clark: The Odd Couple Quintet +1

Read "The Odd Couple Quintet +1" reviewed by Jack Bowers

"And now," as John Cleese used to intone on the Monty Python television series, “for something completely different." In this case, a jazz quintet (+1) sporting a front line of French horn and bassoon and performing, among other things, two horn concertos by Mozart. An odd coupling? At first blush, it would seem so. Far less ...

Gene Pritsker: William James's Varieties of Religious Experience

Read "William James's Varieties of Religious Experience" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

William James's Varieties of Religious Experience is the long-awaited companion to Gene Pritsker's Varieties of Religious Experience Suite (Innova Recordings, 2010). On this album, the guitarist has almost completely re-imagined William James' 1902 book, Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature, as a chamber opera. The opera describes the spiritual experiences of several individuals ...

Borislove & Noizepunk: Cello Lounge

Read "Cello Lounge" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

There are so few composers of contemporary music who have expanded its idiom and its language that they can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Among those few, the shape-shifting guitarist/electronics manipulator Gene Pritsker is one of the only composers who continues to break down the barriers that still exist in the sometimes water-tight ...

The International Street Cannibals: The Chamber and Electronic Music of Gene Pritsker

Read "The Chamber and Electronic Music of Gene Pritsker" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Gene Pritsker is a remarkable contemporary composer. His short repertoire, represented on Solo-Duo-Trio-Quartet-Quintet: The Chamber and Electronic Music of Gene Pritsker (Composers Concordance Records, 2011) testifies to this fact. He has an acute sense of his own place in the history of music and this is marked by the contemporariness of his work, that is derived ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

International Street Cannibals Ensemble: Ballets & Solos

Read "Ballets & Solos" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

If Ballets & Solos is any indication, then at least five young composers in the US are breaking barriers between genres and idioms. These young folks are brimful with ideas, humor and humanity, their compositions performed with wildly interesting and improvised cadenzas. The absolute command of melodic and harmonic invention is even more interesting. More than ...


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