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A Night in Tunisia, A Week in Detroit

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
The Turtle Island String Quartet has prided itself with stretching musical boundaries that record labels, radio, the press, record stores, and even their own fans are not sure if there's one predominate style of music in which they can be categorized. Following the departure of one of the group's founders, David Balakrishnan who still wrote for the group and eventually returned, the quartet widened their musical horizons even more. They are featured in excerpts from several 1994 concerts with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Neeme Jarvi, on this CD for the English label Chandos. Balakrishnan's occasionally eerie two-part suite "Spider Dreams" previously recorded in the studio for Windham Hill opens the disc. The opening movement, "Introductions," of Jeff Beal's four-part suite "Interchange" is reminiscent of the symphonic works of Frank Zappa and is fully composed, while the remaining sections gradually add improvisational elements. Dizzy Gillespie's "A Night in Tunisia" was one of the stunning tracks of the Turtle Island String Quartet's debut recording; this version with orchestra was co-arranged by Balakrishnan and Vince Mendoza, though the somewhat over dramatic buildup pales beside the original version. More successful is the medley of two songs by Miles Davis, "Blue in Green" and "Seven Steps to Heaven." "Bach's Lunch" is violist Danny Seidenberg's amusing alchemy of various themes by J. S. Bach, often sounding like Baroque music meets bluegrass. He also arranged Tower of Power's "Who Do Think You Are?" Fans of the Turtle Island String Quartet will want to make an effort to locate this CD, though it ranks slightly below the earlier groups with Balakrishnan still on board.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/29/1994
  • Label: Chandos
  • UPC: 095115933121
  • Catalog Number: 9331

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Spider Dreams - Detroit Symphony Orchestra (5:25)
  2. 2 Waterfall with Blenders - Detroit Symphony Orchestra (7:54)
  3. 3 Introductions - Detroit Symphony Orchestra (5:05)
  4. 4 Dialogue - Detroit Symphony Orchestra (10:35)
  5. 5 I solisti - Detroit Symphony Orchestra (3:41)
  6. 6 Tutti - Detroit Symphony Orchestra (6:10)
  7. 7 A Night in Tunisia - Detroit Symphony Orchestra (7:55)
  8. 8 Blue in Green (Miles Davis) / Seven Steps To Heaven (Victor Feldman) - Detroit Symphony Orchestra (6:03)
  9. 9 Bach's Lunch, variations on themes by J.S. Bach, for string quartet - Detroit Symphony Orchestra (2:43)
  10. 10 Who Do You Think You Are? - Detroit Symphony Orchestra (3:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Neeme Jarvi Primary Artist, Conductor
Darol Anger Violin, Baritone Violin
Turtle Island String Quartet Ensemble, Track Performer, String Quartet
Danny Seidenberg Violin, Viola
Tracy Silverman Violin
Mark Summer Cello
Detroit Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
Technical Credits
Miles Davis Composer
Victor Feldman Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Vince Mendoza Arranger
Turtle Island String Quartet Arranger
David Balakrishnan Arranger
Ralph Couzens Engineer
Steven John Art Direction
Frank Paparelli Composer
Danny Seidenberg Arranger
Robert W. Zachary Jr. Engineer
Michael Fleming Liner Notes
Suzie E. Maeder Cover Photo
A. Zachary Engineer
Penny Lee Cover Design
Robert Zachary Engineer
Gundhild Lenz-Mulligan Liner Note Translation
Paulette Hutchinson Liner Note Translation
Penny Lee Cover Design
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