Take the Mitsu

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Take the Mitsu is an almost entirely spontaneously improvised album of jazz mildly in honor of composer Toru Takemitsu, recorded by Indianapolis jazzers Mark Buselli and Claude Sifferlen. The album opens up with the songbook standard "My Ideal," before moving quickly into some more progressive numbers, with the more energetic "Bhutan," and the almost third stream "Syncretism." Buselli gets to stretch out a bit with his flugelhorn phrasing in the bluesy "Blullage," and the duo gets some nice interplay between horn and piano in Benny Golson's "Stablemates." "A Long Time Ago" mixes jazz with some of the aesthetics involved in prehistoric movie scoring, and "Sophia" is a ...
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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Take the Mitsu is an almost entirely spontaneously improvised album of jazz mildly in honor of composer Toru Takemitsu, recorded by Indianapolis jazzers Mark Buselli and Claude Sifferlen. The album opens up with the songbook standard "My Ideal," before moving quickly into some more progressive numbers, with the more energetic "Bhutan," and the almost third stream "Syncretism." Buselli gets to stretch out a bit with his flugelhorn phrasing in the bluesy "Blullage," and the duo gets some nice interplay between horn and piano in Benny Golson's "Stablemates." "A Long Time Ago" mixes jazz with some of the aesthetics involved in prehistoric movie scoring, and "Sophia" is a simple, yet nostalgic, sort of tune recorded for Buselli's daughter. After a nice exploration of the space between the notes in the title track in honor of Takemitsu's aesthetic and musical philosophy, the album finishes on a Hoagy Carmichael number, "The Nearness of You," but performed in a jazz-waltz form. Buselli's flugelhorn is a well-honed instrument, as he can move from style to style almost effortlessly though there are some sparse areas in the midst of improvisations, and Sifferlen's piano has some flair in it that's worth hearing. The album might not be the most exciting work of jazz to come out this decade, but for a spontaneous recording that intentionally shies away from existing works, it's remarkably good.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2003
  • Label: Oa2
  • UPC: 805552201123
  • Catalog Number: 22011

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Ideal - Claude Sifferlen (8:12)
  2. 2 Bhutan - Claude Sifferlen (4:46)
  3. 3 Syncretism - Claude Sifferlen (3:58)
  4. 4 Blullage - Claude Sifferlen (6:56)
  5. 5 Stablemates - Claude Sifferlen (6:03)
  6. 6 A Long Time Ago - Claude Sifferlen (5:34)
  7. 7 Sophia - Claude Sifferlen (5:28)
  8. 8 Take the Mitsu - Claude Sifferlen (4:24)
  9. 9 The Nearness of You - Claude Sifferlen (8:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Buselli Primary Artist, Flugelhorn
Technical Credits
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
John Bolt Engineer
Benny Golson Composer
Herb Wong Liner Notes
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Newell Chase Composer
Mark Buselli Arranger, Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    For a great evening of jazz........

    If you like jazz that feels like a concert in an intimate setting, then you'll love Take the Mitsu. Buselli and Sifferlen give a masterful performance, taking risks with old standards, while creating new appealing new tunes. Just the right blend of craftmanship and creativity for a wonderful evening of jazz.

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