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Music for Nonet and Strings: Chamber Songs
     

Music for Nonet and Strings: Chamber Songs

by Alan Ferber
 
Trombonist Alan Ferber has languished on the N.Y.C. scene as a sideman and occasional bandleader since the late '90s, here finally realizing a dream come true in combining his nine-piece modern jazz nonet with a large progressive string ensemble. Inspired by his wife, cellist Jody Redhage, Ferber has conjured up -- along with conductor

Overview

Trombonist Alan Ferber has languished on the N.Y.C. scene as a sideman and occasional bandleader since the late '90s, here finally realizing a dream come true in combining his nine-piece modern jazz nonet with a large progressive string ensemble. Inspired by his wife, cellist Jody Redhage, Ferber has conjured up -- along with conductor J.C. Sanford -- music that is based on blue moods, richly written symphonic parts, punchy horn charts, and American art or folk forms. In the string section are legitimate jazz players, in this case soloists like Zach Brock and Sara Caswell, and from the contemporary scene excellent players like saxophonists Jon Gordon (alto/soprano) and John Ellis (tenor only), trumpeter Scott Wendholt, bass clarinetist Douglas Yates, and the exceptional pianist Bryn Roberts. Oftentimes the music really flourishes, as on the developed "Sedona," where you hear Ferber's involved and intricate writing, or during Gordon's "Paradox," where road song meets the chamber aspects of the group above ground. Then there's the juggernaut visage of "Union Blues," as the horns romp and stomp around, firmly but in sparring punches. Roberts is a player to keep an ear on, as he's formulating original thoughts in the modal arena, as clearly heard during the arresting, mid-level dramatic "Fables," but there's also a slow and hot Southern wind that he and guitarist Nate Radley grip on "Magnolia." Ferber's concept is solid, the music balanced 50/50 and enjoyable beyond conventional terms. Hopefully this can be a continuing work in progress, for the sown seeds are there to produce more beautiful hybrid flowers.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/2010
Label:
Sunnyside
UPC:
0016728125420
catalogNumber:
281254
Rank:
295437

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alan Ferber   Primary Artist,Trombone
Scott Wendholt   Trumpet
Jon Gordon   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Mark Ferber   Drums
Sara Caswell   Violin
Zach Brock   Violin
Maria Jeffers   Cello
Matt Clohesy   Bass
Victor Lowrie   Viola
Bryn Roberts   Piano
Jody Redhage   Cello
Ike Sturm   Bass
Nate Radley   Guitar
J.C. Sanford   Conductor
Olivia De Prato   Violin
John Ellis   Tenor Saxophone
Corrina Albright   Viola
Leena Waite   Violin
Douglas Yates   Bass Clarinet

Technical Credits

Keith Jarrett   Composer
Ben Monder   Composer
Jon Gordon   Composer
François Zalacain   Executive Producer
Christopher Drukker   Graphic Design
Alan Ferber   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Bryn Roberts   Composer
J.C. Sanford   String Conductor
Chris Benham   Engineer

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