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Grunt, Chotjewitz: The Magic of a Flute

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
In 1972, pianist/composer/bandleader George Gruntz arranged for a variety of poets in the United States to write sections for an updated version of "The Magic Flute," transformed to modern times. The poets were not told that their segments were based on "The Magic Flute" and Gruntz in turn wrote music for the "jazz opera" that does not refer at all to Mozart's work. For a variety of reasons, it took 30 years before the production was finally staged, and that debut was recorded and released as this double CD. Eight singers were employed to play the roles, while the NDR Big Band provided the music. There is plenty of improvising by the singers and musicians within the context...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
In 1972, pianist/composer/bandleader George Gruntz arranged for a variety of poets in the United States to write sections for an updated version of "The Magic Flute," transformed to modern times. The poets were not told that their segments were based on "The Magic Flute" and Gruntz in turn wrote music for the "jazz opera" that does not refer at all to Mozart's work. For a variety of reasons, it took 30 years before the production was finally staged, and that debut was recorded and released as this double CD. Eight singers were employed to play the roles, while the NDR Big Band provided the music. There is plenty of improvising by the singers and musicians within the context of the script. Without reading the synopsis, it would be very difficult to know what the plot of the show is, and the results are a bit esoteric and sometimes confusing, although much of the music is simpler including a blues and a calypso. There are some excellent moments, particularly from Lauren Newton, Mark Murphy, and Ian Shaw, and the unidentified soloists are talented, but this jazz opera is for selective tastes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2005
  • Label: Musiques Suisses
  • EAN: 7613105639445
  • Catalog Number: 6219
  • Sales rank: 349,189

Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Gruntz Primary Artist, Conductor
Renée Manning Vocals, Track Performer
Mark Murphy Vocals, Track Performer
Vladislav Sendecki Synthesizer, Piano
Joe Gallardo Trombone
Christof Lauer Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Danny Gottlieb Drums, Soloist, Guest Appearance
Lucas Lindholm Bass
Ian Shaw Vocals, Track Performer
Reiner Winterschladen Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Kitty Margolis Vocals, Track Performer
Ingolf Burkhardt Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Dan Gottshall Trombone
Peter Bolte Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Lutz Büchner Clarinet, Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Fiete Felsch Flute, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Soloist, Alto Recorder
Marcio Doctor Percussion
Claus Stötter Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Soloist
NDR Bigband Band
Frank Delle Flute, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Ingo Lahme Tuba, Bass Trombone
Yvonne Moore Vocals, Track Performer
Tobias Weidinger Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Sandie Wollasch Vocals
Daniel Gottlieb Drums
T. Weidinger Trumpet
Lauren Newton Vocals, Track Performer
Marcelino Feliciano Vocals
Technical Credits
W.C. Fields Lyricist
George Gruntz Composer, Leitung
Gertrude Stein Lyricist
Sonia Sanchez Composer
Jackson Mac Low Concept
Dick Higgins Composer, Lyricist
Tuli Kupferberg Composer, Lyricist
Martin Pearson Engineer
Anne Waldman Composer, Lyricist
Walter J.W. Schmid Mastering
Wolfgang Kunert Producer
Gérard Lüll Liner Notes
Peter Bürli Producer
Jürg Solothurnmann Liner Notes
Claudio Danuser Executive Producer
Jacques Lasserre translation
Peter O. Chotjewitz Composer
Lenore Kandel Lyricist
James I, King of England Lyricist
Lennox Raphael Lyricist
Sonia Sanchez Lyricist
Marianne Wöhrle Cover Art
Walter Schmid Mastering
Axel Duerr Producer
Calvin C. Hernton Lyricist
Peter O. Chotjewitz Librettist
Marvin X Lyricist
Oliver Bergner Sound Design
Chris Walton translation
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