Movement, Turns & Switches

Movement, Turns & Switches

by Oliver Lake
     
 
This is a consistently fascinating set by altoist Oliver Lake's String Project. Best known for his exploratory flights, Lake is an underrated arranger/composer. For the unusual but consistently fascinating effort, he utilizes a string quartet (violinist Ashley Horne and Sandra

Overview

This is a consistently fascinating set by altoist Oliver Lake's String Project. Best known for his exploratory flights, Lake is an underrated arranger/composer. For the unusual but consistently fascinating effort, he utilizes a string quartet (violinist Ashley Horne and Sandra Billingslea, Ashley Horne on viola, and cellist Eileen Folson) for five of his six originals, occasionally adding bassist Belden Bullock and (on one song apiece) trumpeter Kenyatta Beasley (during the well-titled "Fan Fare Bop") and Neil Clarke on conga. The music is adventurous but quite coherent, often rhythmic and melodic but very open to advanced ideas. These string players can definitely stretch out; improvised sections coincide closely with written passages, so it is sometimes difficult to know which are which. Lake keeps his solo statements concise, tempering his fire with the desire to blend in with the strings. For variety, the leader is absent on the title cut, a fairly outside duet by violinist Regina Carter and pianist Donal Fox. Overall, this is a CD that rewards repeated listenings and is one of the highlights of Oliver Lake's productive career.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/11/2000
Label:
Passin Thru Records
UPC:
0002987412104
catalogNumber:
41210
Rank:
22328

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Performance Credits

Oliver Lake   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone
Sandra Billingslea   Violin
Regina Carter   Violin
Neil Clarke   Conga
Eileen Folson   Cello
Belden Bullock   Double Bass,Contrabass (Vocal)
Maxine Roach   Viola
Donal Fox   Piano
Ashley Horne   Violin
Kenyata Beasley   Trumpet
Kenyatta Beasley   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Oliver Lake   Producer,Audio Production
David Domanich   Engineer
Carl Seltzer   Engineer
Dave Battelene   Engineer
Christopher Drukker   Graphic Design
Chris Rice   Engineer
Richard Franklin   Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production

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