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Cold Blue
     

Cold Blue

 
Although it presents works by most of the composers and artists who came to be closely associated with the label Cold Blue, this album was not a sampler, but a collection of unreleased works, an anthology of West Coast music focusing on experimentation while retaining a high degree of listenability and an ear stretched toward new age. The LP version of Cold Blue

Overview

Although it presents works by most of the composers and artists who came to be closely associated with the label Cold Blue, this album was not a sampler, but a collection of unreleased works, an anthology of West Coast music focusing on experimentation while retaining a high degree of listenability and an ear stretched toward new age. The LP version of Cold Blue was released in 1984. In 2002 it was reissued on CD with one bonus track, David Mahler's "La Ciudad de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles," placed where you would normally have to flip the record. If anything, the album shows how the label's vision was precise without becoming confining. There is much variety, from Michael Jon Fink's delicate "Celesta Solo" and Daniel Lentz's composition for three speakers and wine glasses, "You Can't See the Forest...Music," to James Tenney's player piano piece "Spectral CANON for CONLON Nancarrow" and Chas Smith's pedal steel guitar-driven "Beatrix" (the last two bookend the album with sonic booms). And yet, a unified atmosphere of dreaminess and inward-looking sounds prevails. The contributions from Peter Garland, Lentz, and Tenney are the oldest, dating from the early '70s. All the other works were written and recorded in the early '80s. Mahler's added solo piano piece was written back in 1985 and recorded for this, its premiere release, by Bryan Pezzone in 2001. As avant-garde music at the turn of the century seemed confined to the extremes of noise and stamina on the one hand and the post-Feldman search for disappearance of sound on the other, one feels uncertain about how to approach the loveliness of the music on Cold Blue. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/02/2002
Label:
Cold Blue Label
UPC:
0800413000822
catalogNumber:
8
Rank:
241137

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Performance Credits

Harold Budd   Keyboard Synthesizer
Ingram Marshall   Piano,electronics
Conlon Nancarrow   Piano
James Tenney   Track Performer
Peter Garland   Piano
Daniel Lentz   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part,Echo
David Mahler   Track Performer
Eugene Bowen   Synthesizer Guitar
Beverly Johnson   Marimbas
Fred Parcells   Trombone
Mike Perry   Marimbas
Brian Pezzone   Piano
William Winant   Marimbas
Rick Cox   Electric Guitar
Chas Smith   Banjo,Pedal Steel Guitar
Dan Little   Cello
Little Kevin   Marimbas
Fausto   Mandolin
Garry Eister   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Michael Byron   Track Performer
Michael Jon Fink   Celeste

Technical Credits

Gordon Mumma   Engineer
David Rosenboom   Engineer
Peter Garland   Composer
Tom Newman   Engineer
Bill Cobb   Engineer
Fred Parcells   Engineer
William Winant   Producer
Chas Smith   Engineer
Jim Fox   Producer
Scott Fraser   Engineer

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