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Minotauro
     

El Minotauro

by Guillermo Klein
 
This album, inexplicably out of print, documents one of the earliest incarnations of Guillermo Klein's big band. Called Big Van, the ensemble had pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Johannes Weidenmueller, and drummer Marc Miralta in the rhythm section; Chris Cheek and Mark Turner,

Overview

This album, inexplicably out of print, documents one of the earliest incarnations of Guillermo Klein's big band. Called Big Van, the ensemble had pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Johannes Weidenmueller, and drummer Marc Miralta in the rhythm section; Chris Cheek and Mark Turner, Matt Hong, Dave Barraza, and Dan Bosshardt on saxophones; Richard Nant, John Walsh, Juan Cruz de Urquiza, and David Boato on trumpets; Sandro Tomasi, Masa Ikeda, and Sir Matt Pavolka on trombones; and Sten Hostfält on guitar. Klein wrote, arranged, and conducted the album's eight powerful tracks. Blending the sounds of his native Argentina with a cutting-edge harmonic and orchestrational sophistication, Klein guides you through a wide swath of musical territory: the bright Latin jazz of "El Minotauro" and "Free"; the darker, majestic sounds of "Primer Tango" and "Lo Perdido" (the latter featuring an intense Spanish vocal performance by Sophie Durer); the impressionistic portraits "La Manzana de Las Luces" and "Abismo"; and the retro jazz/funk grooves of "La Madre de Mi Hermana" and "Technicolor." Klein's mastery of timbral variation and subtle dynamics makes the album a lasting pleasure. The band's brilliant soloists heighten the impact of Klein's writing all the more. And the strategic use of quirky voice-overs and signal processing gives the album an added punch. Along with figures such as Maria Schneider and Jason Lindner, Guillermo Klein is helping give rise to a new era in big-band composition.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/20/2007
Label:
Candid Records
UPC:
0708857970629
catalogNumber:
79706
Rank:
238130

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Guillermo Klein   Primary Artist,Conductor
Mark Turner   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
John Walsh   Trumpet
Matt Hong   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Aaron Goldberg   Piano
Dan Bosshardt   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Chris Cheek   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Richard Nant   Trumpet,Soloist
Masa Ikeda   Trombone
David Barraza   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Johannes Weidenmüller   Acoustic Bass
Marc Miralta   Drums
Matt Pavolka   Trombone
David Boato   Trumpet,Soloist
Sten Höstfält   Guitar,Soloist
John A. Walsh   Trumpet,Soloist
Juan Cruz De Urquiza   Trumpet,Soloist
Sandro Tomasi   Trombone,Soloist
Sophie Dunér   Vocals

Technical Credits

Alan Bates   Producer
George Garzone   Liner Notes
Guillermo Klein   Arranger,Producer
Ben Rizzi   Engineer

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