Meeting of the Spirits

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
After establishing an auspicious but fairly conventional career as a cello soloist, Matt Haimovitz began around 2000 to broaden the scope of his playing to include more and more contemporary works, and to launch an ambitious series of commissions for new pieces. The Kronos Quartet had early on turned to arrangements of music by Bill Evans, Jimi Hendrix, and Thelonious Monk, pieces rarely, if ever, heard in classical concert halls, and Haimovitz's Meeting of the Spirits builds on that tradition. It includes arrangements of jazz classics by John McLaughlin, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, John Lewis, Billy Strayhorn, George Gershwin, and Charles Mingus scored for cello ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
After establishing an auspicious but fairly conventional career as a cello soloist, Matt Haimovitz began around 2000 to broaden the scope of his playing to include more and more contemporary works, and to launch an ambitious series of commissions for new pieces. The Kronos Quartet had early on turned to arrangements of music by Bill Evans, Jimi Hendrix, and Thelonious Monk, pieces rarely, if ever, heard in classical concert halls, and Haimovitz's Meeting of the Spirits builds on that tradition. It includes arrangements of jazz classics by John McLaughlin, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, John Lewis, Billy Strayhorn, George Gershwin, and Charles Mingus scored for cello ensemble and assorted other instruments. The arrangements, by David Sanford who is also represented by an original piece, manage to retain the spirit and loose-limbed energy of the originals and don't compromise their integrity as jazz. It's easy to hear these tracks essentially as covers of familiar songs. The performers aren't merely aping the originals, but bringing their individuality and an improvisational freedom to the pieces. The most noticeable difference from the originals is the timbre of the instruments; it's not typical to hear cellists play these pieces, but the fit sounds natural and unforced. John McLaughlin makes a guest appearance on his "Open Country Joy," and Uccello, Haimovitz's cello ensemble, is joined in several pieces by electric guitar, drums, and keyboard. Many of the tracks feature the cellos alone, calling on them to emulate the sound of a pizzicato bass and to use their instruments percussively. The CD is beautifully engineered, with a sound that's clean, detailed, and vividly present.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2010
  • Label: Oxingale Records
  • UPC: 800658201725
  • Catalog Number: 2017
  • Sales rank: 218,797

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Open Country Joy - Uccello (5:57)
  2. 2 Half Nelson - Uccello (3:24)
  3. 3 W.R.U. - Uccello (3:36)
  4. 4 Blues in A minor - Uccello (6:59)
  5. 5 Meeting of the Spirits - Jan Jarczyk (8:29)
  6. 6 Blood Count - Uccello (6:38)
  7. 7 Triptych - Uccello (5:24)
  8. 8 Liza - Uccello (2:37)
  9. 9 Haitian Fight Song - Uccello (7:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Matt Haimovitz Primary Artist, Cello
John McLaughlin Electric Guitar
Matt Wilson Drums
Jan Jarczyk Keyboards
Uccello Ensemble
Jan Jarczyk Keyboards, fender rhodes
Nahyun Kim Cello
Andrea Stewart Cello
Amaryllis Jarczyk Cello
Leana Rutt Cello
Dominic Painchaud Cello
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Miles Davis Composer
John Lewis Composer
John McLaughlin Composer
Charles Mingus Composer
Ornette Coleman Composer
Matt Haimovitz Executive Producer
Tom Lazarus Engineer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
David Frost Producer
Luna Pearl Woolf Executive Producer
Christian Bélanger Graphic Design
David Sanford Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes
Ryan Morey Mastering
Pascal Schefteshy Engineer
Antoine Rotondo Engineer
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