16 May, 2014

3

Kronos Quartet - Music by Sculthorpe, Sallinen, Glass, Nancarrow, Hendrix (1986)

  Kronos Quartet  - Music by Sculthorpe, Sallinen, Glass, Nancarrow, Hendrix (1986)
contemporary | 1cd | eac-flac-cue-log-covers | 210MB
Nonesuch 7559-79111-2
Allmusic:
To say this barrier-breaking string quartet plays modern music is an understatement. All of the five composers showcased on this audacious recording were born in the 20th century. Minimalist Philip Glass is among the best known of the five, whose works cannot possibly be mistaken with anything from the baroque or classical periods. This particular foursome illustrates the grace, beauty, and even power of a string quartet, but goes well beyond. In the words of first violinist and leader David Harrington, "I've always wanted the string quartet to be vital, and energetic, and alive, and cool, and not afraid to kick ass and be absolutely beautiful and ugly if it has to be." The album-ending cover of the Jimi Hendrix classic "Purple Haze" must be heard to be believed.

Tracks
-01. "String Quartet No. 8, Mvt. I Con dolore" - Peter Sculthorpe 2:04
-02. "String Quartet No. 8, Mvt. II Risoluto" - Sculthorpe 3:49
-03. "String Quartet No. 8, Mvt. III Con dolore" - Sculthorpe 3:02
-04. "String Quartet No. 8, Mvt. IV Con precisione" - Sculthorpe 1:49
-05. "String Quartet No. 8, Mvt. V Con dolore" - Sculthorpe 2:07
-06. "String Quartet No. 3: Some Aspects of Peltoniemi Hintrik's Funeral March" - Sallinen 14:05
-07. "Company, Mvt. I" - Philip Glass 2:22
-08. "Company, Mvt. II" - Glass 1:36
-09. "Company, Mvt. III" - Glass 1:46
-10. "Company, Mvt. IV" - Glass 2:14
-11. "String Quartet, Mvt. I Allegro molto" - Conlon Nancarrow 2:18
-12. "String Quartet, Mvt. II Andante moderato" - Nancarrow 3:31
-13. "String Quartet, Mvt. III Prestissimo" - Nancarrow 5:17
-14. "Purple Haze" - Jimi Hendrix, arr. Steve Riffkin 2:52


09 May, 2014

3

Kenny Burrell & Jimmy Raney - 2 Guitars (1957)

  Kenny Burrell & Jimmy Raney - 2 Guitars (1957)
jazz | 1cd | eac-flac-cue-log-covers | 165MB
OJC OJCCD 216-2
Allmusic:
For this 1957 studio session (which has been reissued on CD through the Original Jazz Classics imprint), the two distinctive but complementary guitarists Kenny Burrell and Jimmy Raney are teamed together in a septet with trumpeter Donald Byrd, altoist Jackie McLean, pianist Mal Waldron, bassist Doug Watkins, and drummer Art Taylor. The full group gets to stretch out on one original each by Watkins and McLean ("Little Melonae") and three from Waldron, while the two standards ("Close Your Eyes" and "Out of Nowhere") are individual features for Burrell and Raney. This is a well-rounded set that may not contain any real surprises, but will be enjoyed by collectors of hard bop.

Tracks
1. "Blue Duke" - 8:50
2. "Dead Heat" - 4:07
3. "Pivot" - 5:13
4. "Close Your Eyes" (Bernice Petkere) - 4:50
5. "Little Melonae" (Jackie McLean) - 9:29
6. "This Way" (Doug Watkins) - 12:25
7. "Out of Nowhere" (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman) - 4:31

Personnel
* Kenny Burrell (tracks 1-6), Jimmy Raney (tracks 1-3 & 5-7) - guitar
* Donald Byrd - trumpet (tracks 1-3, 5 & 6)
* Jackie McLean - alto saxophone (tracks 1-3, 5 & 6)
* Mal Waldron - piano
* Doug Watkins - bass
* Art Taylor - drums





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