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Earth Birth
     

Earth Birth

by Randy Weston
 
Recorded in Montreal with 24 strings from the Montreal Symphony and two can't-miss jazz cohorts, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Billy Higgins, here we have another reunion between Weston and arranger Melba Liston in a collection of mostly early Weston tunes, some dating back to the early 1950s.

Overview

Recorded in Montreal with 24 strings from the Montreal Symphony and two can't-miss jazz cohorts, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Billy Higgins, here we have another reunion between Weston and arranger Melba Liston in a collection of mostly early Weston tunes, some dating back to the early 1950s. The strings sound unearthly, as if they were recorded in a dead studio (the locale is the Ludget-Duvernay Hall of Montreal's Monument National), and even though Liston blends them with the piano in an integral manner, they respond stiffly; it's an uneasy, not terribly imaginative fusion. The most famous Weston tune, "Hi-Fly," is completely retooled into a cocktail-hour ballad -- it also features quite an intricate string chart -- and composer Weston enjoys poking around the tune's angles and corners. Coming after his exciting African experiments in the '90s, this CD, despite Weston's sharply etched solos, is a relatively minor nostalgic effort.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/13/1997
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731453708822
catalogNumber:
537088

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Randy Weston   Primary Artist,Piano
Billy Higgins   Drums
Hung Bang   Violin
Christine Giguere   Cello
Jeanne LeBlanc   Violin
Christian McBride   Bass
Paul West   Conductor
Lorraine Desmarais   Viola
Andre Roy   Viola
Francine Lupien   Viola
Margot Aldrich   Viola
Jocelyne Bastien   Viola
Jacques Beaudoin   Double Bass
Denis Béliveau   Violin
Marc Béliveau   Violin
Ariane Bresse   Violin
Suzanne Careau   Viola
Sophie Dugas   Violin
Nadia Francavilla   Violin
Pascale Frenette   Violin
Daniel Godin   Violin
Christine Harvey   Cello
Sylvie Lambert   Cello
Christiane Lampron   Viola
Sylvie Laville   Viola
Isabelle Lessard   Violin
Marcelle Mallette   Violin
Jean-Luc Morin   Cello
Monique Poitras   Violin
Orchestre Du Festival De Jazz de Montréal   Track Performer
Paul E. West   Conductor

Technical Credits

Melba Liston   Arranger,String Arrangements
Jean-Philippe Allard   Producer
Jay Newland   Engineer
Carol Friedman   Cover Photo
Patrice Beausejour   Art Direction

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