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Convergence

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
Since Chris Brubeck's Convergence premiered in 2001, its original subtitle -- "Concerto for Pops Orchestra" -- seems to have been dropped. That makes sense, because even though the work is steeped in blues and New Orleans jazz, there's no reason to restrict it to the "pops concert" circuit; it's simply a full-fledged orchestral work in a distinctly American style, culminating in an immensely enjoyable "Grande Parade du Funk." Jazz-classical hybrids like this are hard to bring off, but add Convergence to the list of works by Bernstein, Gershwin, and a handful of others that succeed. Brubeck's River of Song 2002 attempts an even trickier balancing act, assigning poems by ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
Since Chris Brubeck's Convergence premiered in 2001, its original subtitle -- "Concerto for Pops Orchestra" -- seems to have been dropped. That makes sense, because even though the work is steeped in blues and New Orleans jazz, there's no reason to restrict it to the "pops concert" circuit; it's simply a full-fledged orchestral work in a distinctly American style, culminating in an immensely enjoyable "Grande Parade du Funk." Jazz-classical hybrids like this are hard to bring off, but add Convergence to the list of works by Bernstein, Gershwin, and a handful of others that succeed. Brubeck's River of Song 2002 attempts an even trickier balancing act, assigning poems by children aged 8 to 13 though e. e. cummings gets the last word to the sophisticated operatic vocals of Frederica von Stade and Rachel Luxon. With evocative orchestral writing that brings out the watery themes of the verses, it's an appealing work, full of melodies and rhythms that wouldn't be out of place in a Broadway show. Besides being a composer, Brubeck plays a mean bass trombone, and both skills are on display in the Prague Concerto 2004, his second solo work for the instrument. Trombone concertos are few and far between, but this one will enrich the repertoire of any soloist who's able to handle the jazz licks Brubeck writes into the part. The outer movements are full of fun whatever the political commentary intended by the finale's "Dance of the Neocons", but the mysteriously lyrical slow movement is, in every respect, the heart of the matter. It's only fair to satisfy the reader's suspicion that Brubeck is, in fact, the son of jazz great Dave Brubeck, but this album shows that he's entirely deserving of attention for his unique musical merits.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/2005
  • Label: Koch Int'l Classics
  • UPC: 099923765325
  • Catalog Number: 7653
  • Sales rank: 244,173

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Convergence, for orchestra - Paul Freeman & Chris Brubeck (16:30)
  2. 4–9 River of Song, for 2 vocal soloists & orchestra - Chris Brubeck & Sara Jobin (22:40)
  3. 10–12 Prague Concerto, for trombone & orchestra - Paul Freeman & Chris Brubeck (21:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris Brubeck Primary Artist
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