Electric Blue

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Jazz has given us some impressive violinists over the years everyone from Joe Venuti, Stephane Grappelli and Stuff Smith to Jean-Luc Ponty and John Blake, but compared to saxophonists, trumpeters and pianists, violinists have been a very small minority in the jazz world. One of the few fusion violinists who came along in the 1990s, Joe Deninzon showed considerable promise on Electric Blue. This unpredictable jazz-rock effort demonstrated that while the Russian-born improviser had studied the history of jazz violin extensively, he refused to be shackled by that history. Though Ponty is a strong influence on Deninzon, it's obvious that he has also spent a lot of time ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Jazz has given us some impressive violinists over the years everyone from Joe Venuti, Stephane Grappelli and Stuff Smith to Jean-Luc Ponty and John Blake, but compared to saxophonists, trumpeters and pianists, violinists have been a very small minority in the jazz world. One of the few fusion violinists who came along in the 1990s, Joe Deninzon showed considerable promise on Electric Blue. This unpredictable jazz-rock effort demonstrated that while the Russian-born improviser had studied the history of jazz violin extensively, he refused to be shackled by that history. Though Ponty is a strong influence on Deninzon, it's obvious that he has also spent a lot of time listening to rock guitarists like Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck and Steve Vai. Deninzon can be lyrical and charming, or he can be a forceful, in-your-face player who brings elements of hard rock guitar distortion, feedback to the electric violin. A musical rollercoaster, Electric Blue ranges from the poetic "Oasis," "An Evening Nap in the Afternoon Sun" to the metallic "Shock Therapy," "Bluzak". The violinist's own compositions dominate the CD, although he also provides an unusually rock-influenced version of Thelonious Monk's "Well, You Needn't." Deninzon takes his share of chances on Electric Blue, and they pay off handsomely.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/8/2003
  • Label: Harvest Media Group
  • UPC: 701376117223
  • Catalog Number: 1172
  • Sales rank: 393,463

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shock Therapy (6:01)
  2. 2 In Stride (6:28)
  3. 3 Well You Need It (8:17)
  4. 4 Bluzak (5:07)
  5. 5 Acid Rabbits (8:07)
  6. 6 The Dark Frontier (7:28)
  7. 7 An Evening Nap in the Afternoon Sun (6:50)
  8. 8 Oasis (3:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Deninzon Primary Artist
Dallas Coffey Bass, Acoustic Bass
Joe Hunter Keyboards
Mark Gonder Drums
Technical Credits
David Weber Engineer
John Demarco Engineer
Joe Deninzon Arranger, Composer
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