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Edward Ratliff: Those Moments Before

Read "Those Moments Before" reviewed by Troy Collins

The cover of Those Moments Before features a poster of Marlene Dietrich advertising Josef von Sternberg's 1931 film Dishonored. While this album--New York-based multi-instrumentalist Edward Ratliff's third as a leader--isn't a soundtrack like the earlier Barcelona in 48 Hours (Strudelmedia, 2004) was, this date unfolds with the same degree of wild eclecticism and globe-trotting impetuousness as ...

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Edward Ratliff: Those Moments Before

Read "Those Moments Before" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Multi-instrumentalist Edward Ratliff brings a wide tapestry of sounds to Those Moments Before. His inspiration comes from Henry Threadgill, a funeral march, the tango, and Hong Kong movies, and he has assembled a stellar cast of musicians to help realize his ambitious canvas. The portrait he presents is a dynamic, moving one.

Ratliff is ...

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JazzWeek Radio Chart: January 25, 2010

TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 1 26 Steve Hobbs Vibes, Straight Up (Challenge) 189 197 -8 10 55 1 3 2 45 — John Stein Raising The Roof (Whaling City Sound) 186 60 +126 25 51 2 2 3 — — Greg Reitan Antibes (Sunnyside) 146 49 +97 26 45 3 1 4 2 6 Roni Ben-Hur Fortuna (Motema) 134 174 -40 1 39 2 11 5 6 7 Poncho Sanchez Psychedelic Blues (Concord) 132 147 -15 0 43 1 18 6 4 2 Gerald Wilson Orchestra Detroit (Mack Avenue) 126 151 -25 0 44 1 18 7 7 11 Bill Mays Trio Mays At The Movies (SteepleChase) 119 144 -25 0 35 7 8 7 5 2 Jeff Hamilton Trio Symbiosis (Capri) 119 150 -31 0 33 1 17 9 — — Gail Pettis Here In The Moment (OA2 Records) 116 37 +79 27 45 9 1 9 9 12 Dana Hall Into The Light (Origin) 116 126 -10 0 39 8 11 9 3 5 The Mike Longo Trio Sting Like ...

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Edward Ratliff: Barcelona in 48 Hours

Read "Barcelona in 48 Hours" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Rhapsodalia and Five Agents are comparable yet unique quintets led by instrumental wizard Edward Ratliff. His work on cornet, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, accordion, celeste, and even Fender Rhodes makes you want to tap your foot, be social, and clank wine glasses (better yet beer pints). Early last month, Five Agents graced Barbès (one of Brooklyn's better ...

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Edward Ratliff: Barcelona in 48 Hours

Read "Barcelona in 48 Hours" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Barcelona in 48 Hours has been a multimedia celebration of film, dance, photography, and music in its various incarnations over the past couple of years, and one of the pieces of fallout is this soundtrack CD from the short film of the same name. The film, produced and directed by Anja Hitzenberger and Edward Ratliff, consists ...

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Edward Ratliff: Barcelona in 48 Hours

Read "Barcelona in 48 Hours" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Music written for a film does not always stand up on its own. This is one of the exceptions, an enticing body of work that accompanied the short of the same name; a film about movement that was comprised almost entirely of black and white photographs.

Ratliff composed or co-composed all the tunes. He ...

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Edward Ratliff: Barcelona In 48 Hours

Read "Barcelona In 48 Hours" reviewed by Jim Santella

As the soundtrack to a short film of the same name, Barcelona In 48 Hours travels through myriad textures and themes. Like Miles Davis, trumpeter Edward Ratliff brings out different views from beneath the jazz umbrella, from muted cornet in a traditional Spanish sweep to hip-hop rhythms in a contemporary language.

Several arrangements of ...

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Edward Ratliff: Barcelona in 48 Hours

Read "Barcelona in 48 Hours" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Multi-instrumentalist Edward Ratliff's self-professed influences include kung fu movies, 18th century Bohemian wind music, jazz, the Golden Age of Hollywood, tangos, boleros, Vietnamese pop songs and free improvisation--a short list. A litany like that might make you tag him as something of a clever crackpot; but a talented crackpot, if you've encountered his previous disc, Wong-Fei ...

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Edward Ratliff's Rhapsodalia: Wong Fei-Hong Meets Little Strudel

Read "Wong Fei-Hong Meets Little Strudel" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

With this new release titled, Wong Fei-Hong Meets Little Strudel, multi-instrumentalist, horn-man Edward Ratliff exhibits an acute musical mind to go along with his somewhat entertaining and altogether diverse concepts. Ratliff and his New York City-based band “Rhapsodalia” go straight to one’s heart and imagination while injecting strong doses of whimsy and artful musicianship which is ...

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Edward Ratliff's Rhapsodalia: Wong Fei-Hong Meets Little Strudel

Read "Wong Fei-Hong Meets Little Strudel" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

With this new release titled, Wong Fei-Hong Meets Little Strudel, multi-instrumentalist, horn-man Edward Ratliff exhibits an acute musical mind to go along with his somewhat entertaining and altogether diverse concepts. Ratliff and his New York City-based band “Rhapsodalia” go straight to one’s heart and imagination while injecting strong doses of whimsy and artful musicianship which is ...