Operazone: The Redesign

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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
Opera buffs will find many of their favorite themes here, deconstructed and recast to fit an ambient groove or cool symphonic jazz format. Album conceptualist Alan Douglas and producer/bass-meister Bill Laswell are just a couple of the diverse talents who lend their hands to this futuristic overhaul. Vibraphonist and world-jazz pioneer Karl Berger plays keyboards and fashions the string and horn arrangements, joined by such jazzmen as Graham Haynes cornet, flugelhorn and Byard Lancaster tenor sax. The album opens with "Una Furtiva Lagrima" from Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore," backed by the patter of a tabla beat; Haynes's horn carries a lonely, empathetic melodic ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
Opera buffs will find many of their favorite themes here, deconstructed and recast to fit an ambient groove or cool symphonic jazz format. Album conceptualist Alan Douglas and producer/bass-meister Bill Laswell are just a couple of the diverse talents who lend their hands to this futuristic overhaul. Vibraphonist and world-jazz pioneer Karl Berger plays keyboards and fashions the string and horn arrangements, joined by such jazzmen as Graham Haynes cornet, flugelhorn and Byard Lancaster tenor sax. The album opens with "Una Furtiva Lagrima" from Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore," backed by the patter of a tabla beat; Haynes's horn carries a lonely, empathetic melodic improvisation here, while the Material Strings swirl all around him. The latter provide an inky emotional undercurrent to the "Love Theme" from Verdi's La Traviata as the horns seem to reach out for each other through the dark. The strings also carry the famous tenor aria "Nessun Dorma" from Verdi's Turandot, with a coolly impatient, feathery drum riff keeping the energy edgy as Lancaster's saxophone further ponders the dilemma. The volatile, windy overture from La Forza del Destino sets you on the edge of your seat as Haynes explores its minor key moods at length. Boasting themes so familiar and transformations so unique, Operazone is, at the very least, intriguing and beautiful in its own decadent way.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/13/2009
  • Label: Douglas Records
  • EAN: 3660341123188
  • Catalog Number: 2
  • Sales rank: 323,887

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Operazone Primary Artist
Karl Berger Keyboards
Mark Helias Acoustic Bass
Byard Lancaster Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Graham Haynes Cornet, Flugelhorn, Soloist
Vincent Chancey French Horn
Becky Friend Flute, Alto Flute
Garo Yellin Cello
Krystof Witek Violin
Hector Falcon Violin
Ralph Farris Violin, Viola
Denise Stillwell Violin, Viola
Mark Taylor French Horn
Mark Taylor French Horn
Karl Berger Keyboards
Material Strings Performing Ensemble
Diva Goodfriend-Koven Flute
Technical Credits
Karl Berger Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Bill Laswell Producer, Construction
Michael Dorf Executive Producer
Alan Douglas Producer, Concept
Robert Musso Engineer
Bill Murphy Contributor
Russell Mills Artwork
Michael Fossenkemper Mastering
John Brown Quintet/Ray Codrington Material
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