Black Dahlia

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The accomplished arranger, producer, composer, and saxophonist Bob Belden has drawn inspiration from the music of Sting, Prince, and Puccini, among others, to create some of his earlier acclaimed recordings. Black Dahlia, a musical invocation of the infamous murder of Elizabeth Short, a young Hollywood wannabe of the 1940s, calls on the great composers of the silver screen as muses. Belden taps into the evocative sounds fashioned by such Hollywood masters as Jerry Goldsmith Chinatown to weave his own musical tapestry, one that of mingles thick, atmospheric orchestrations with sharp jazz playing. Although he finds room for his own impressive tenor work, Belden has ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
The accomplished arranger, producer, composer, and saxophonist Bob Belden has drawn inspiration from the music of Sting, Prince, and Puccini, among others, to create some of his earlier acclaimed recordings. Black Dahlia, a musical invocation of the infamous murder of Elizabeth Short, a young Hollywood wannabe of the 1940s, calls on the great composers of the silver screen as muses. Belden taps into the evocative sounds fashioned by such Hollywood masters as Jerry Goldsmith Chinatown to weave his own musical tapestry, one that of mingles thick, atmospheric orchestrations with sharp jazz playing. Although he finds room for his own impressive tenor work, Belden has framed space for special guests, including saxophonist Joe Lovano, trumpeter Tim Hagans, and pianist Marc Copland, all of whom make the most of their featured spots. Belden took on an ambitious project, and in forming it, he created his masterpiece.
All Music Guide - David R. Adler
Bob Belden became well-known during the '90s as an arranger and producer. Black Dahlia is the first full-length release of original music to appear under his name. It is a sweeping, ambitious work, featuring a large ensemble that includes the very finest jazz improvisers. The project was inspired by the true story of Elizabeth Short, aka the Black Dahlia, a shadowy character whose grisly murder in 1947, at age 22, became the subject of novels by James Ellroy and John Gregory Dunne. The killing, which remains unsolved, continues to captivate the public imagination and has gained iconic significance in the history of the Los Angeles underworld of the '30s and '40s. Belden's suite is essentially a tone poem, a musical portrayal of Elizabeth Short's life and death. In his self-penned liner notes, Belden is explicit about his major influences: the Grand Opera tradition of Puccini, Berg, and Henze, and Jerry Goldsmith's score to the 1974 film Chinatown, directed by Roman Polanski. The operatic influence is clear in Belden's use of leitmotifs: symbolic and recurring musical gestures such as the "Love Theme," the "Death Chords," and the "Black Dahlia Interval" a minor third. And the central musical texture used by Goldsmith in Chinatown -- lonely trumpet over a bed of strings, piano, and/or harps -- is, in fact, borrowed quite directly by Belden, on the tracks "Genesis" and "City of Angels." Although Belden doesn't mention it, one also detects at least a conceptual similarity between Black Dahlia and Paul Simon's ill-fated musical The Capeman. Both set true stories to music, and both seek to dramatize the misdeeds and misfortunes of a social outcast. Black Dahlia features a stunningly good band. Bassist Ira Coleman and drummer Billy Kilson provide the rhythmic foundation. Kevin Hays, Marc Copland, and Scott Kinsey trade off on piano, and Belden himself plays tenor on "Dreamworld" and "Elegy." During the course of the program there are beautiful solo statements from Tim Hagans and Lew Soloff on trumpet, Joe Lovano on tenor sax, Charles Pillow on English horn, Lawrence Feldman and Mike Migliore on alto sax, Lou Marini on alto flute, Conrad Herwig on trombone, and Erik Friedlander on cello. Zach Danziger's bongos provide just the right Latin touch on several tracks. Two glorious subtleties: Bobby Previte's castanets on "Danza d'Amore" and David Dyson's electric bass cameo, paralleling the melody of "Dreamworld" with the woodwinds and brass. In addition to the main soloists, there are four French horns, bass trombone, tuba, two harps, timpani, 21 violins, four violas, four cellos, and two double basses. Belden is going for maximum effect, and at times the music sounds more like a movie soundtrack than a jazz album. It's very pretty stuff, if a bit dark and heavy, and because of the story aspect, it demands a beginning to end listen, more so than most albums. The main attraction for jazz buffs will be the distinctive instrumental voices of the fine players that Belden hired for the session.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/27/2001
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724352388325
  • Catalog Number: 23883

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Belden Primary Artist, Conductor
Joe Lovano Tenor Saxophone
Lew Soloff Trumpet
Scott Robinson Contrabass Saxophone
Gary Smulyan Baritone Saxophone
Al Brown Viola
John Clark French Horn
Tim Hagans Trumpet
Emily Mitchell Harp
Ethel Abelson Violin
Sanford Allen Concert Master
Robert Chausow Violin
Ira Coleman Bass
Marc Copland Piano
Zach Danziger Bongos
John Fedchock Trombone
Lawrence Feldman Alto Saxophone
Barry Finclair Violin
Erik Friedlander Vocals
Kevin Hays Piano
Conrad Herwig Trombone
Stanley Hunte Violin
Jean Ingraham Violin
Tony Kadleck Trumpet
Billy Kilson Drums
Jesse Levine Viola
Richard Locker Vocals
Leon Maleson Double Bass
Lou Marini Bass Flute
Mike Migliore Bass Flute
Bobby Previte Castanets
Tim Ries Alto Flute
Marcus Rojas Tuba
Alan Rubin Trumpet
Robert Sadin Conductor
Peter Vanderwater Violin
Frederick Zlotkin Vocals
Cenovia Cummins Violin
Avril Brown Violin
David Dyson Electric Bass
Dale Stuckenbruck Violin
Mary Whitaker Violin
Marisol Espada Vocals
Marion Pinheiro Violin
Katherine LiVolsi Stern Violin
Charles Pillow Euphonium
Larissa Blitz Violin
Sasha Vselensky Violin
Xin Zhao Violin
Rebecca Johnson Violin
Miri Ben-Ari Violin
Lori Miller Violin
Nam-Sook Lee Violin
Bruce Hall Gong
Stacey Shames Harp
Ron Lawrence Viola
Bob Carlisle French Horn
Technical Credits
Bob Belden Arranger, Producer
Richard King Engineer, Engineering
Mark Wilder Mastering
Eli Wolf Producer
Burton Yount Art Direction
Seth Foster Mastering
Gordon H. Jee Director
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Chandleresque, cool, contemplative

    Bob Belden's ''Black Dahlia'' is what a Raymond Chandler novel would sound like: smoky, dark, dangerous, and romantic. Belden has orchestrated the sound of Los Angeles of the 1930-40s around the sensational murder of a young woman later dubbed ''The Black Dahlia'' because of her black clothes.

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