Absolution

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All Music Guide - David R. Adler
Kristjan J?rvi's 18-piece Absolute Ensemble brings irreverence and rhythmic mettle to the world of contemporary classical and third stream music. This is the group's fourth release, and it features works by six composers -- the last of which is Jimi Hendrix, whose "Purple Haze" is given a warped reworking by Daniel Schnyder. (In the liners, Hendrix's tremolo bar is hilariously described by Schnyder as a "joy slide stick tool.") Schnyder's own "subZERO," a three-movement concerto for bass trombone featuring David Taylor, is one of the disc's centerpieces, a marvelous showcase for an instrument seldom pushed to the foreground. The late Lepo Sumera's relatively lengthy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David R. Adler
Kristjan Järvi's 18-piece Absolute Ensemble brings irreverence and rhythmic mettle to the world of contemporary classical and third stream music. This is the group's fourth release, and it features works by six composers -- the last of which is Jimi Hendrix, whose "Purple Haze" is given a warped reworking by Daniel Schnyder. (In the liners, Hendrix's tremolo bar is hilariously described by Schnyder as a "joy slide stick tool.") Schnyder's own "subZERO," a three-movement concerto for bass trombone featuring David Taylor, is one of the disc's centerpieces, a marvelous showcase for an instrument seldom pushed to the foreground. The late Lepo Sumera's relatively lengthy "Play for 10," with its maddening staccato repetitions and stark mood swings, is another major highlight. Denman Maroney is unaccompanied on his own "Par 3," an astonishing work for prepared piano; he returns to wreak inspired havoc on "Purple Haze" as well. Pianist Matt Herskowitz contributes "Serial Blues," an energetic, improv-heavy jazz/funk vehicle that highlights his own virtuosity, as well as that of the ensemble's rhythm section (drummer/percussionists David Rozenblatt and Pablo Rieppi, bassist Mat Fieldes). Slap-bass funk and sectional counterpoint collide on Charles Coleman's "Absolution," while a sneakier sort of percussive engine propels the opening "Dance Machine." Riotously complex, thoughtful, and often uplifting, the music defies categorization even as it upholds the rigors of classical orchestration.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/13/2001
  • Label: Enja
  • UPC: 063757939429
  • Catalog Number: 9394
  • Sales rank: 182,020

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Absolute Ensemble Primary Artist, Ensemble
David Taylor Bass Trombone
Denman Maroney Piano
Kristjan Järvi Conductor
Matt Herskowitz Piano
David Taylor Bass Trombone
Technical Credits
Daniel Schnyder Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Tommy Beck Executive Producer
Matthias Winckelmann Executive Producer
Lepo Sumera Liner Notes
Thomas Beck Executive Producer
Shafer Mahoney Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    blistering

    It is rare to find an album as musically pure as this. I have listened to it for the last few weeks and still find myself stunned with the opening strains of Dance Machine, eagerly awaiting the jamming Par 3, and bobbing my head to their lively interpretation of Purple Haze. This album works because it is more than just a collection of tracks, it is a well conceived whole; each track informs the nuances of the others. If you ever have a chance to see this band live, DO NOT MISS IT. The work they do on this album is even more amazing when their expert musicians get a little room to run with it. The energy these musicians bring to this material is enough to make any music fan happy.

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