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Lyric: Jazz-Chamber Music Vol. 1

Label: Lunacy Music
Released: 2005
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.

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

Read "Lyric: Jazz-Chamber Music Vol. 1" reviewed by Renato Wardle


Since its birth, the world of jazz has been at odds with the realm of classical music. Owing to the presupposition that these two musical worlds are possessed of an incongruent aesthetic, a fusion between them may seem impossible. However, Lyric shows that music is music. With the first installment of his new Jazz-Chamber Music series, ...

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

Read "Lyric: Jazz-Chamber Music Vol. 1" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger


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 ...

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

Read "Lyric: Jazz-Chamber Music Vol. 1" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Los Angeles-based pianist/composer Billy Childs mixes the intimacy of classical European sounds with the spontaneity of American jazz in a creative style he terms “Jazz-Chamber Music." The instrumentation of Lyric tells its story: piano, accoustic guitar, reeds, bass and drums say “jazz"; harp, flute, oboe, bassoon and a string quartet say “classical."The harmonic layering ...

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

Read "Lyric: Jazz-Chamber Music Vol. 1" reviewed by John Kelman


It's a mystery why pianist Billy Childs hasn't received the kind of widespread acceptance from the greater jazz community that he deserves. He's a versatile player with experience in a variety of contexts--mainstream work with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, contemporary post bop with vibraphonist Joe Locke, arranging, orchestrating, and conducting Dianne Reeves' The Calling: Celebrating Sarah Vaughan... ...


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