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Rub Harder

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All Music Guide - François Couture
The quality of an album roughly depends on material for 75 percent; the other 25 percent is pacing. Rub Harder scores a hundred. The Hard Rubber Orchestra's first CD Cruel Yet Fair, 1998 suffered from improper inclusions, a lack of focus, and colorless sound definition. This one is so much better -- and closer to the group's live performances. The music still explores an avant funk/big-band idiom: powerful, groovy, dissonant, and most of all cleverly constructed to the point that it verges on orchestral composition. Slipped between hot numbers are three softer tracks, soundscapes featuring the electric guitar of Ron Samworth and the cello of Peggy Lee. These breathers ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - François Couture
The quality of an album roughly depends on material for 75 percent; the other 25 percent is pacing. Rub Harder scores a hundred. The Hard Rubber Orchestra's first CD Cruel Yet Fair, 1998 suffered from improper inclusions, a lack of focus, and colorless sound definition. This one is so much better -- and closer to the group's live performances. The music still explores an avant funk/big-band idiom: powerful, groovy, dissonant, and most of all cleverly constructed to the point that it verges on orchestral composition. Slipped between hot numbers are three softer tracks, soundscapes featuring the electric guitar of Ron Samworth and the cello of Peggy Lee. These breathers create a pace and allow the next piece to start smoother particularly effective for the pensive "Chorale". Leader John Korsrud penned some very strong music, of which "Time Waits" is the highlight. Its disjointed staccato lines give the impression of an orchestra heavily restrained and freed only half a second at a time. When finally allowed to play, it chooses Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" -- a unexpected twist. That piece and "Chorale" also feature Queen Mab Marilyn Lerner, piano, and Lori Freedman, bass clarinet. Guest trumpeter Brad Turner provided two compositions. "Pursuance" couples a delicate stack of horn voices with raucous funk. Contributions by Jean Derome and René Lussier are also included and rank among the wittiest, most playful material performed on the CD. Derome's "The Amsterdam Trickster" arches back to his album Je Me Souviens. The orchestra performs tighter than before and is beautifully recorded. In short, Rub Harder is a fantastic album, a must for anyone into progressive big bands and followers of the Vancouver jazz scene.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2002
  • Label: Victo
  • UPC: 777405008022
  • Catalog Number: 80
  • Sales rank: 265,122

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bernadette (1:51)
  2. 2 The Amsterdam Trickster (2:50)
  3. 3 Pursuance (8:22)
  4. 4 Neglect (9:13)
  5. 5 Hastings (2:01)
  6. 6 Time Waits (7:08)
  7. 7 Extremities (4:50)
  8. 8 Rien (1:38)
  9. 9 Chorale (4:15)
  10. 10 Vancouver Vamp (5:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hard Rubber Orchestra Primary Artist
Shelagh McDonald Violin
Bill Clark Trumpet
Vince Mai Trumpet
Bill Runge Saxophone
Jack Duncan Percussion
Henry Christian Trumpet
Ron Samworth Guitar, Electric Guitar
Marilyn Lerner Piano
Brad Turner Trumpet
André Lachance Contrabass (Vocal)
Peggy Lee Cello
Rod Murray Trombone
Neil Nicholson Trombone
Saul Berson Saxophone
Brad Muirhead Trombone
Lori Freedman Alto Clarinet
Dennis Esson Trombone
Ross Gregory Trumpet
Daniel Miles Kane Saxophone
Dave Robbins Drums
Jeremy Berkman Trombone
Technical Credits
Ron Samworth Engineer
Bill Shoemaker Liner Notes
François Bienvenue Graphic Design
Michel Levasseur Producer
John Korsrud Director
Joanne Vézina Producer
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