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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:
305458

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

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