Art of the Groove

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2000
  • Label: Koch Int'l Classics
  • UPC: 099923750024
  • Catalog Number: 7500
  • Sales rank: 118,533

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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