No Beginning No End

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Throughout history, great tragedy has often been the source for great art. This is certainly true of Kenny Werner's No Beginning No End, a work that began as a commission for the MIT Wind Ensemble, but changed in scope and nature after October 7, 2007, when his daughter was killed in a car accident. During his period of grief, the deadline began to approach for delivering the commission, but he paid no attention. Werner, ever conscious of his spiritual practice, was inspired to write a poem that became the lyric for this five-movement work, and enabled him to not only conceive the entire piece but finish it in time for its debut -- which he admits in his heartfelt liner ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Throughout history, great tragedy has often been the source for great art. This is certainly true of Kenny Werner's No Beginning No End, a work that began as a commission for the MIT Wind Ensemble, but changed in scope and nature after October 7, 2007, when his daughter was killed in a car accident. During his period of grief, the deadline began to approach for delivering the commission, but he paid no attention. Werner, ever conscious of his spiritual practice, was inspired to write a poem that became the lyric for this five-movement work, and enabled him to not only conceive the entire piece but finish it in time for its debut -- which he admits in his heartfelt liner essay was ragged. The score was radically revised in 2009 and included sections for brass, strings, and percussion. It was recorded by a 37-piece ensemble and his piano. Vocalist Judi Silvano and saxophonist Joe Lovano overdubbed their parts onto the finished work. The poem that serves the root of this piece is gorgeously delivered, one note per word by Silvano. That note becomes the root on which the ensemble plays Werner's composition, and for Lovano's and Werner's improvisations. Elements of classical music -- Western and Indian -- dialogue seamlessly with jazz and structured improvisation for nearly 50 minutes, creating a work of transcendent spiritual beauty. It ends not with a conclusion, but an introduction to something beyond the confines of the work itself. In addition to "No Beginning No End" (comprised of five separate titles), there are three other pieces that were written in relation: "Visitation: Waves of Unborn" is a wordless a cappella for a 36-member choir that deals harmonically with the idea of music not as a noun but as a presence created by the souls dwelling between death and rebirth in the bardo. "Cry Out" was written as a simple, direct, and deeply emotive piece for a string quartet. Less than seven minutes in length, it is nonetheless one of the most memorable works Werner has ever composed; its entwining lyric lines will haunt the listener long after it ends. "Coda" closes the disc; a spacious yet flowing six-and-a-half minute improvisation for piano, marimba, vibraphone, and harp, based in the E Mixolydian scale. Taken as a whole, No Beginning No End is a work for which there is no comparison, and few referents. Born of grief, it reflects only beauty, poetic and profound; it is Werner's master work. [Editor's Note: Werner was awarded the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship Award for Music Composition.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/2010
  • Label: Halfnote Records
  • UPC: 616892454328
  • Catalog Number: 4543
  • Sales rank: 183,872

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Death is Not the Answer (7:46)
  2. 2 Loved Ones (4:00)
  3. 3 The God Of Time (3:25)
  4. 4 Astral Journey (5:15)
  5. 5 We Three (8:46)
  6. 6 Visitation: Waves of Unborn (4:54)
  7. 7 Cry Out (6:43)
  8. 8 Coda (6:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kenny Werner Primary Artist, Piano
Joe Lovano Tenor Saxophone
Mark Sherman Percussion
James Zollar Trumpet
Judi Silvano Vocals
Todd Reynolds Violin
Sean Read Trombone
Ron Caswell Tuba
Geoff Countryman Alto Saxophone
Caleb Burhans Violin
Joe Exley Tuba
Clarice Jensen Cello
Riza Hequibal Harp
Nadia Sirota Viola
Rob Jacoby Oboe
Jeff Nelson Bass Trombone
Matt Rosenberg Bassoon
Dan Zupan Bass Clarinet
Matthew Jodrell Trumpet
Jeremy Thal French Horn
Raymond Mason Trombone
Domenica Fossati Flute
Karen Kupferberg Oboe
Kae Reed Percussion, Cymbals, Marimbas
Justin Doute Percussion, Mallets
Jonathan Kantor Clarinet
Jon Lijoi Trumpet
Jennifer Hood Oboe
Fred Harris Jr. Conductor
Donny Albro Bass Marimba
Dan Rocha French Horn
Connell Thompson Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Carly Andriaccio Bassoon
Brian P. Gill Conductor
Alison Crossley Flute
Alex Mastrando French Horn
Adam Zagor Clarinet
Sean Statser Percussion, Mallets, Vibes
Rose Rutledge Piccolo
Rey Soriano Percussion, Timpani
Paul Frucht Percussion
Patrick Medina Clarinet
Nathan Koci French Horn
Murray James Morrison Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Michiko Chiba Clarinet
Melissa Labuda Flute
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Kenny Werner Producer, Liner Notes
Paul Wickliffe Engineer
Jeff Levenson Producer
Kevin Mueller Contributor
Steven Bensusan Executive Producer
Molly Gobel Art Direction
Melissa Kelly Contributor
John Abbott Back Cover Photo
Samuel Brooks Contributor
Shane O'Neill Contributor
Katrina Robertson Contributor
Kate Roosa Contributor
Joshua Wright Contributor
Jeremy Aye Contributor
Hillary Esqueda Contributor
Haeji Shin Contributor
H. Lamont Watson Contributor
David Allan Howell Contributor
Cara Evans Contributor
Bronson Murphy Contributor
Anna Hasek Bell Contributor
Andrew Schufman Contributor
Andrew Brubaker Contributor
Allison Macri Contributor
Alexandra Keller Contributor
Abigail Sparling Contributor
Aaron Cooker Contributor
Johua Bailey Contributor
Ying Qiu Contributor
Suzanne Pergal Contributor
Samantha Leibowitz Contributor
Ryan Ramirez Contributor
Rachel Weishoff Contributor
Quinn Shadko Contributor
Molly McCarthy-Egan Contributor
Michale Wiltse-Austin Contributor
Marysusan Convery Contributor
Marisa Trujillo Contributor
Marisa Cannady Contributor
Maria Natalie Sbrocci Contributor
Mara Saskin Contributor
Linda Gallagher Cover Photo
Kristine Sorum-Williams Contributor
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