Dedication

Dedication

by Prism Quartet
     
 
With one exception, Matthew Levy's set of "Three Miniatures" (which marks a kind of interlude), all of the short pieces on this album were commissioned by the PRISM saxophone quartet in commemoration of its 20th anniversary in 2004. As such, the album marks a little survey in miniature of the state of concert music

Overview

With one exception, Matthew Levy's set of "Three Miniatures" (which marks a kind of interlude), all of the short pieces on this album were commissioned by the PRISM saxophone quartet in commemoration of its 20th anniversary in 2004. As such, the album marks a little survey in miniature of the state of concert music at that time, at least setting aside the spheres of electronic music and of tonal neo-Romantic crowd-pleasers. You could buy it with that in mind rather than out of sheer admiration for this crack ensemble, who have done for saxophones what the Kronos Quartet did for strings. Yet the range of music only goes to show how versatile the group is, and in the end the album is a virtuoso display. Consider the controlled violence in a work like Gregory Wanamaker's "speed metal organum blues" (which sounds just about like you might expect from the title), the peppy cross rhythms of Jennifer Higdon's "Bop," the humor of Frank J. Oteri's four-movement "Fair and Balanced?," and the lyricism of Adam B. Silverman's "Just a Minute, Chopin," for starters: all of these little works receive committed, precise performances, and there really are few dull moments on the entire 26-item program. Fans of funk-jazz saxophonist Greg Osby may be interested purely because of the alternate versions of his "Prism #1 (Refraction)," on which he joins the PRISM quartet. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/31/2011
Label:
Innova Records
UPC:
0726708680022
catalogNumber:
800
Rank:
181175

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. Inkling
  2. Howler Back
  3. Lu
  4. Speed Metal Organum Blues
  5. Isolation
  6. Wait a Minute...
  7. Talea (hoping to somehow "know")
  8. Stink Up! (PolyPrism 1)
  9. Stink Up! (PolyPrism 2)
  10. Prism #1 (Refraction)
  11. Mild, Medium-Lasting, Artificial Happiness
  12. July 23, from Sunrise to Sunset, the Summer of the S.E.P.S.A Bus Ride D
  13. Just a Minute, Chopin
  14. Scherzino
  15. Diary
  16. Meditation
  17. Song Without Words
  18. Bop
  19. Hive Mind
  20. Moment of Refraction
  21. OneTwenty
  22. A Frectured Silence
  23. Remaining Neutral
  24. Seeming Partial
  25. Uncommon Ground
  26. Incremental Change
  27. Out of Bounds
  28. Brokelyn
  29. Happy Birthday to PRISM
  30. Straight Up
  31. Prism #1 (Refraction)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Prism Quartet   Primary Artist,Ensemble
Greg Osby   Alto Saxophone
Taimur Sullivan   Baritone Saxophone
Timothy McAllister   Alto Saxophone
Matthew Levy   Tenor Saxophone
Zachary Shemon   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

William Bolcom   Composer
Tim Berne   Composer
Greg Osby   Composer
Nick Didkovsky   Composer
Tim Ries   Composer
Jennifer Higdon   Composer
Libby Larsen   Composer
Keith Moore   Composer
Frank J. Oteri   Composer
Dennis DeSantis   Composer
Zack Browning   Composer
James Primosch   Composer
Eric Wojahn   Engineer
Jeff Stutzman   Engineer
Ken Ueno   Composer
Gregory Wanamaker   Composer
Donnacha Dennehy   Composer
Adam Silverman   Composer
Prism Quartet   Producer
Jason Eckardt   Composer
John Schaefer   Liner Notes
Matthew Levy   Composer
Roshanne Etezady   Composer
Alyssa Timin   Liner Notes
Chen Yi   Composer
Robert Capanna   Composer
Dave Barbaree   Engineer
Renée Favand-See   Composer
Perry Goldsmith   Composer

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