126

Frank Carlberg featuring Christine Correa: Variations On A Summer Day

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Frank Carlberg featuring Christine Correa: Variations On A Summer Day Hailing from Helsinki, Finland – composer/pianist Frank Carlberg provides the musical setting for Variations On A Summer Day which is a collection of poems by Wallace Stevens. Vocalist Christine Correa is co-featured on this production along with a prominent assemblage of modern jazz all-stars consisting of saxophonists Chris Speed, Andrew D’ Angelo, drummer Kenny Wolleson and others.

Carlberg’s compositions are often richly thematic by design as the composer melds ambient textures with cyclic patterns, while the horns create understated tension atop a slightly wavering tempo, evident on the opener, titled “Introduction”. Throughout, vocalist Christine Correa translates the poetic text into airy lyricism while also employing a touch of scat vocalise on the composition, “A Music”. On this piece Carlberg embarks on an extended piano solo while utilizing space and depth to his advantage.

There is an abundance of strong well-stated soloing, enhanced by Correa’s whimsical vocals, kaleidoscopic horn charts and burgeoning underpinnings witnessed on “Shaken and Shaken” and elsewhere. “To Change Nature” is all about rollicking and rolling rhythms, a catchy hook and Correa’s outpouring of exuberant sentiment. And despite just a few lulls in the momentum and flow, Carlberg demonstrates laudable compositional skills, which could ultimately translate into a bright and productive future for this talented musician.

* * * ½ (out of * * * * *)


Title: Variations On A Summer Day | Year Released: 2000 | Record Label: Original Jazz Classics


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Developing Story CD/LP/Track Review Developing Story
by Edward Blanco
Published: June 26, 2017
Read Lantern CD/LP/Track Review Lantern
by John Kelman
Published: June 26, 2017
Read Inspirations (featuring Matthew Halsall) CD/LP/Track Review Inspirations (featuring Matthew Halsall)
by Phil Barnes
Published: June 26, 2017
Read Unification CD/LP/Track Review Unification
by Troy Dostert
Published: June 26, 2017
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 "One Minute Later" CD/LP/Track Review One Minute Later
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 28, 2017
Read "The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke" CD/LP/Track Review The Vampires Meet Lionel Loueke
by Mark Corroto
Published: June 16, 2017
Read "Duo" CD/LP/Track Review Duo
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: July 7, 2016
Read "Legacy: A Coltrane Tribute" CD/LP/Track Review Legacy: A Coltrane Tribute
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 11, 2016
Read "Anybody's Spring" CD/LP/Track Review Anybody's Spring
by Geannine Reid
Published: April 2, 2017
Read "One" CD/LP/Track Review One
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: March 31, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

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