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Art of the Groove
     

Art of the Groove

by Turtle Island String Quartet
 
Although their inclination to improvise and their occasional tendency to cover jazz standards seemed to mark them as a jazz outfit, the Turtle Island String Quartet usually got classified as a new age group, if only because they recorded for Windham Hill and, after all, they were a string quartet. As of the

Overview

Although their inclination to improvise and their occasional tendency to cover jazz standards seemed to mark them as a jazz outfit, the Turtle Island String Quartet usually got classified as a new age group, if only because they recorded for Windham Hill and, after all, they were a string quartet. As of the self-released Art of the Groove, however, the group currently consisting of violinist David Balakrishnan, violinist Evan Price, violist Danny Seidenberg, and cellist Mark Summer are no longer with the venerable new age label, and they have upped the number of jazz works in their repertoire. Titles by Michael Brecker, Chick Corea, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Dave Brubeck can be found here, as well as swinging versions of Leonard Bernstein's "Cool" from West Side Story and Leo Kottke's "Oddball." Especially effective in a quartet arrangement are Brubeck's "Blue Rondo a La Turk," its vibrant theme, once carried by Brubeck's piano, now handled by sharply bowed strings, and "Cool," which retains its edgy sound. If such selections make it seem that the Turtle Island String Quartet is showing a special fondness for 1950s music, that's true, though they mix in enough later material and originals to create a satisfying balance. The title Art of the Groove suggests a somewhat funkier record than this turns out to be; what you really get are strings that know how to swing.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2000
Label:
Koch Int'l Classics
UPC:
0099923750024
catalogNumber:
7500

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Turtle Island String Quartet   Primary Artist,Ensemble
David Balakrishnan   Violin,Baritone Violin
Danny Seidenberg   Viola
Mark Summer   Cello
Evan Price   Violin

Technical Credits

Turtle Island String Quartet   Producer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
David Balakrishnan   Arranger
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Danny Seidenberg   Arranger,Liner Notes
Mark Summer   Arranger
Bob Zachary   Executive Producer
Judy Kirshner   Engineer
Evan Price   Arranger
Mark Wilsher   Producer,Engineer
Mark Willsher   Producer,Engineer
Robert Zachary   Executive Producer
Bernie Miller   Composer
Josephine Gerrard   Cover Art,Booklet Design
Bob Levy   Engineer
TISQ   Audio Production
Cecily Ward   Producer

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