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Rite of Spring
     

The Rite of Spring

by Hubert Laws
 

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Long before Wynton decided he could play classical chops as well as the real long-haired interpreters, even though he was a jazz musician, Hubert Laws and his partners at CTI gave it a run with a jazz twist, and for the most part with a far more adventurous repertoire. Unfortunately, the results were just about as

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Long before Wynton decided he could play classical chops as well as the real long-haired interpreters, even though he was a jazz musician, Hubert Laws and his partners at CTI gave it a run with a jazz twist, and for the most part with a far more adventurous repertoire. Unfortunately, the results were just about as thrilling as Wynton's, with a few notable exceptions. For whatever reason, flutist Hubert Laws, known for his soul-jazz deftness, decided to take on handful of classical texts with the help of Bob James on piano, harpsichord, and electric piano; bassist Ron Carter, who doubles on cello; and drummer Jack DeJohnette, along with percussionists Airto and David Friedman, a pair of classical guitarists, and a trio of bassoonists. The program ranges from Debussy's lovely "Syrinx" and Faure's "Pavane," to Stravinsky on the title cut and two movements of the third "Brandberg Concerto" by Bach. The problem with so much variation and ambition is that it's bound to get caught up somewhere. That catching place is in the articulation of the actual transcriptions. They are stiff, rigid, oddly intoned, and lackluster -- except in Debussy's "Syrinx," which is gorgeous throughout with its strange meter and lilting cadence. On the rest, the only place the tunes work is in the sections where the players engage in jazz improvisation upon the score, which is a swirling, engaging free-for-all of color, texture, and nuance. But since this happens so irregularly, the pieces just seem to grate on the listener. This is a brave but ultimately failed experiment.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/05/2002
Label:
Sony Mod - Afw Line
UPC:
0074646162828
catalogNumber:
61628
Rank:
120846

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Performance Credits

Hubert Laws   Primary Artist,Flute
Ron Carter   Bass,Cello
Jack DeJohnette   Drums
Bob James   Piano,Harpsichord,Electric Piano
David Friedman   Percussion,Vibes
Airto Moreira   Percussion
Gene Bertoncini   Guitar
Walter Kane   Bassoon
Stuart Scharf   Guitar
Jane Taylor   Bassoon
Wally Kane   Bassoon

Technical Credits

Gabriel Fauré   Composer
Don Sebesky   Arranger
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
James Isaacs   Liner Notes
Creed Taylor   Producer
Bob Ciano   Cover Design
Jerry Rappaport   Reissue Producer
Pete Turner   Cover Photo

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