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Barnes & Noble - Will Meyerhofer
The listener is struck throughout this disc by saxophonist and clarinet player Ehrlich’s wide-ranging conception of what constitutes a "song." The opening number, titled “Waltz,” opens with a poised, spare clarinet solo from Ehrlich, accompanied by the tiniest flicker of sound from Uri Caine on piano -- as far from a merry Viennese dance as a lament is from a polka. The mood shifts in midtrack, as it does on many of these cuts, but the memory of sadness and loss lingers. Ehrlich’s horn sings on this waltz, but it also speaks, and rambles, and sighs and whispers. “Blue Boye’s Blues” opens with a raucous free-form segment, replete with snarls and grunts and squeals ...
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Barnes & Noble - Will Meyerhofer
The listener is struck throughout this disc by saxophonist and clarinet player Ehrlich’s wide-ranging conception of what constitutes a "song." The opening number, titled “Waltz,” opens with a poised, spare clarinet solo from Ehrlich, accompanied by the tiniest flicker of sound from Uri Caine on piano -- as far from a merry Viennese dance as a lament is from a polka. The mood shifts in midtrack, as it does on many of these cuts, but the memory of sadness and loss lingers. Ehrlich’s horn sings on this waltz, but it also speaks, and rambles, and sighs and whispers. “Blue Boye’s Blues” opens with a raucous free-form segment, replete with snarls and grunts and squeals from Ray Anderson’s trombone. This “blues” is less a sad song than a cry of passion, loss, and desolation…and then the mood shifts again, and we rise up from the depths to a soaring, swinging celebration. Shifting moods and tempos, richness of conception, intricate interplay between the musicians -- there is all that here. And the playing throughout is superb; Ehrlich is in top form, lithe, cerebral, soulful, and inventive. Uri Caine remains one of the most interesting and versatile pianists recording, and the bass-and-drum team of Michael Formanek and Billy Drummond constitutes an expressive enterprise full of surprises and moments of startling sensitivity. There are even some surprises in the song list, like a Bob Dylan tune, “I Pity the Poor Immigrant,” which opens in a quiet lament and sweeps itself up to a churchy hallelujah. This is a sophisticated, rewarding disc, the work of a mature artistic vision, masterfully realized.
All Music Guide - Glenn Astarita
Long considered one of the finest and most distinctive soloists in progressive jazz, multi-woodwind expert Marty Ehrlich melds charm and eloquence with hard-edged inflections on this 2001 release. Supported by a notable rhythm section, Ehrlich's compositional wares come to the forefront on these often endearing and sometimes rambunctious arrangements. Trombonist extraordinaire Ray Anderson performs on the bluesy and often boisterous piece titled "Blue Boye's Blues," as the band also minces delicately performed interludes with power-packed choruses. Many of these works feature the quartet's fiery swing vamps and climactically engineered undercurrents, especially when pianist Uri Caine peppers the groove with well-placed block chords. The musicians also engage in mid-tempo bop-ish swing vamps, where Ehrlich and Caine expound upon sublime themes via soul-searching lines. When viewed upon as a whole, this effort leans a bit toward a mainstream-type approach. However, those familiar with the artist's impressive and altogether multifaceted body of work should welcome this outing with open arms. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2001
  • Label: Enja
  • UPC: 063757939627
  • Catalog Number: 9396
  • Sales rank: 299,630

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Waltz - Uri Caine (5:04)
  2. 2 The Price of the Ticket (After James Baldwin) - Uri Caine (9:55)
  3. 3 Day of the Dark Bright Light - Uri Caine (5:29)
  4. 4 Blue Boye's Blues - Uri Caine (8:20)
  5. 5 I Pity the Poor Immigrant - Uri Caine (6:00)
  6. 6 Fauve - Uri Caine (10:20)
  7. 7 The Falling Rains of Life - Uri Caine (5:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marty Ehrlich Primary Artist, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Ray Anderson Trombone
Michael Formanek Bass
Billy Drummond Drums
Uri Caine Piano
Technical Credits
Marty Ehrlich Producer, Liner Notes
James Farber Engineer
Matthias Winckelmann Executive Producer
Paul Zinman Mastering
Peter Watrous Liner Notes
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