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Gerry Hemingway: Chamber Works

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All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
It is, perhaps, wrong to talk about an artist charting new directions in his work after he has contributed to nearly 100 albums and countless performances over the course of a multi-decade career. Nevertheless, Gerry Hemingway's Chamber Works does mark a few firsts for the avant-garde jazz percussionist and composer. "Contigualis" is the first piece that he has composed for string quartet, and it sets the tone for an album that journeys closer to the 20th century classical idiom than any of his albums have traversed before. Almost never discordant or harsh, Hemingway allows each instrument to shine as a pure force -- even within the context of the quartet, the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
It is, perhaps, wrong to talk about an artist charting new directions in his work after he has contributed to nearly 100 albums and countless performances over the course of a multi-decade career. Nevertheless, Gerry Hemingway's Chamber Works does mark a few firsts for the avant-garde jazz percussionist and composer. "Contigualis" is the first piece that he has composed for string quartet, and it sets the tone for an album that journeys closer to the 20th century classical idiom than any of his albums have traversed before. Almost never discordant or harsh, Hemingway allows each instrument to shine as a pure force -- even within the context of the quartet, the performers often have extended solos. The ensembles expand to quintets and sextets for the remaining pieces, with some of the most talented musicians from the realm of contemporary music making contributions. Violinist Sara Parkins is featured on every track and provides a clear lead. Joshua Gordon also provides the backbone for many songs on the cello. Hemingway himself makes an interesting contribution on sampler on the last track, "The Visiting Tank." His influence is felt throughout. This is an interesting album that makes for pleasant listening, yet contains the depth one expects of a musician with Hemingway's pedigree.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/1999
  • Label: Tzadik
  • UPC: 702397705222
  • Catalog Number: 7052
  • Sales rank: 346,202

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Part 1 - Liuh-Wen Ting (15:45)
  2. 2 Part 2 - Sara Parkins (8:23)
  3. 3 Aurora, for violin, cello, bass, piano, bass trombone & percussion - Sara Parkins (13:50)
  4. 4 Circus, for violin, cello, trumpet, clarinet & piano - Sara Parkins (9:57)
  5. 5 The Visiting Tank for string quartet and sampler - Sara Parkins (12:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gerry Hemingway Primary Artist, Percussion, Sampling
Mark Dresser Double Bass, Contrabass (Vocal)
Marty Ehrlich Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
David Taylor Bass Trombone
James Baker Percussion
Jim Baker Percussion
Cuong Vu Trumpet
Liuh-Wen Ting Viola
Sam Parkins Violin
Sara Parkins Violin
James Baker Percussion
Lawrence Wolf Piano
Min-Young Kim Violin
David Taylor Bass Trombone
Joshua Gordon Cello
Technical Credits
Gerry Hemingway Producer
Ellen Fullman Cover Photo
Jon Rosenberg Engineer
Allan Tucker Mastering
John Zorn Executive Producer
Ken Van Sickle Cover Photo
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