Abacus

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Indianapolis-based clarinetist and soprano saxophonist Frank Glover's musical concept on Abacus is not necessarily involved in counting, or painting by numbers. This is a combination of orchestral sounds paired with soloist Glover and his quartet that goes beyond what would normally be heard in this format. There's a certain division of labor between Glover and the Wood & Rodin, Inc. 24-piece group conducted by Dean Franke, but their collective vision stretches far past the immediate horizon and into celestial territory. You hear minimalism associated with Steve Reich, elegant jazz à la Duke Ellington, and cerebral tones closer to Igor Stravinsky or Pierre Boulez ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Indianapolis-based clarinetist and soprano saxophonist Frank Glover's musical concept on Abacus is not necessarily involved in counting, or painting by numbers. This is a combination of orchestral sounds paired with soloist Glover and his quartet that goes beyond what would normally be heard in this format. There's a certain division of labor between Glover and the Wood & Rodin, Inc. 24-piece group conducted by Dean Franke, but their collective vision stretches far past the immediate horizon and into celestial territory. You hear minimalism associated with Steve Reich, elegant jazz à la Duke Ellington, and cerebral tones closer to Igor Stravinsky or Pierre Boulez than J.S. Bach and Johannes Brahms. The program is a concerto in three movements, with four separate compositions comprising the first and third sections, with the delicate, standalone piano/strings feature "Ballerina" in the middle. Zach Lapidus is on the acoustic keyboard aside Glover's soprano or clarinet, moving with the large ensemble through free-of-time passages, slow 2/4 observations à la Reich, a brighter, percussion-driven title selection, and "Domino," in swelling then shouting motion with an electric piano and rock beat under the complexities. The finale is romantic then deliberate with Native American percussive colors and an Americana feel not unlike Aaron Copland, with clockwork or Latin rhythms during "Salamanca," ending in the spiky coda of "Robot." Glover's woodwinds are very much within a peaceful mood, while the accompanying orchestral charts have great depth and substance, although they don't shout for approval. It's a grand statement without being grandiose or even remotely pompous, heartfelt to the bone, and a beautiful new music statement straight from the Midwestern heartland.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2010
  • Label: Owl Studios
  • UPC: 879076060214
  • Catalog Number: 124
  • Sales rank: 339,125

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Two Shades of Green (3:51)
  2. 2 Lost Sumino (3:04)
  3. 3 Abacus (2:57)
  4. 4 Domino (6:18)
  5. 5 Ballerina (8:49)
  6. 6 Lighthouse (1:34)
  7. 7 Modern Times (7:08)
  8. 8 Salamanca (6:20)
  9. 9 Robot (5:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Glover Primary Artist, Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone
Jim Farrelly Performing Ensemble
Mark Ortwein Performing Ensemble
Susan Chan Performing Ensemble
Dean Franke Concert Master
Jack Helsley Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Greg Imboden Performing Ensemble
Tom Meyer Performing Ensemble
Jeff Nearpass Performing Ensemble
Nancy Agres Performing Ensemble
Loy Hetrick Performing Ensemble
Colette Abel Performing Ensemble
Michael Stricklin Performing Ensemble
Marjorie Hanna Performing Ensemble
Jared Rodin Performing Ensemble
Bob Wood Performing Ensemble
Jerry Montgomery Performing Ensemble
Debbie Rodin Performing Ensemble
Chin Mi Kim Performing Ensemble
Tom Harvey Performing Ensemble
Hua Jin Performing Ensemble
Geoff Lapin Cello, Performing Ensemble
Dave Scalia Percussion, Drums
Biljana Bojovic Performing Ensemble
Bennett Cranford Performing Ensemble
Zach Lapidus Piano, Keyboards
Linda Picard Performing Ensemble
Julie Beckel Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
John Bolt Engineer, Mastering
Frank Glover Composer, Producer
Heather Basile Art Direction
Wood and Rodin Inc. Personnel
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