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Jazz Kamerata
     

The Jazz Kamerata

by Carlos Franzetti
 

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This beautiful recital is the latest triumph of Argentine composer, arranger, pianist, and singer Carlos Franzetti, whose recent collaborations with pianist Steve Kuhn (Promises Kept) and David Sanchez (Coral) were textbook examples of how string writing can generate intense emotion with a minimum of schmaltz. Here Franzetti sets up spare contrapuntal

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This beautiful recital is the latest triumph of Argentine composer, arranger, pianist, and singer Carlos Franzetti, whose recent collaborations with pianist Steve Kuhn (Promises Kept) and David Sanchez (Coral) were textbook examples of how string writing can generate intense emotion with a minimum of schmaltz. Here Franzetti sets up spare contrapuntal string and woodwind responses to ‘60s and ‘70s material by Kuhn, Claus Ogerman, Bill Evans, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny, and Clare Fischer. He then descends from the podium to the piano, sharing improvisational and melodic responsibilities with saxophonist Lawrence Feldman and bassist Jay Leonhart. The harmonic challenges of the arrangements spur the soloists to postulate fresh ideas; the mood is dreamy, introspective, a touch melancholy, unfailingly melodic. Produced in the SACD format, the sound is, as on all Chesky releases, superb.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
A set of songs written by jazz musicians were arranged for this project by pianist Carlos Franzetti for piano, sax, bass, flute, clarinet, and a string quartet. The results are pleasing if not overly memorable. While the selections are often challenging, the interpretations are more middle-of-the-road and fairly accessible due to the strings. Franzetti and saxophonist Lawrence Feldman take most of the solos and their improvisations are excellent, although the utilization of strings and woodwinds smoothes over some of the rough edges of the compositions, making the results fairly safe if occasionally unpredictable.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2005
Label:
Chesky Records
UPC:
0090368028761
catalogNumber:
287
Rank:
208974

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Performance Credits

Carlos Franzetti   Primary Artist,Piano,Prato
Stephanie Cummins   Cello
Lawrence Feldman   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jay Leonhart   Bass,Double Bass
Paul Gallo   Clarinet
Leonardo Suarez Paz   Violin
Maurycy Banaszek   Viola

Technical Credits

David Chesky   Producer
Miles Davis   Composer
Bill Evans   Composer
Keith Jarrett   Composer
Steve Kuhn   Composer
Pat Metheny   Composer
Wayne Shorter   Composer
Carlos Franzetti   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Norman Chesky   Executive Producer
Claus Ogerman   Composer
Clare Fischer   Composer
Eugenio Toussaint   Composer
Barry Wolifson   Engineer
Rick Eckerle   Engineer

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