The Sea and the Bells

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All Music Guide - Bret Love
Formed out of the ashes of Rodan, this loose collective thrives on the neo-classical compositional skills of pianist Rachel Grimes, bassist/organist Jason Noble, and violinist Christian Frederickson. Augmented by a rotating cast of cellists, trumpeters, and drummers, the trio concocts an emotive symphony that, though thoroughly modern, seems timeless. The songs on The Sea and the Bells flow together so seamlessly, it almost seems like one brilliant hour-long epic composition. "Rhine & Courtesan" opens the album with a dynamic, wistful melody that evokes the feeling of riding on ocean waves, then crashes to a startling halt, only to re-emerge with a claustrophobic eeriness...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bret Love
Formed out of the ashes of Rodan, this loose collective thrives on the neo-classical compositional skills of pianist Rachel Grimes, bassist/organist Jason Noble, and violinist Christian Frederickson. Augmented by a rotating cast of cellists, trumpeters, and drummers, the trio concocts an emotive symphony that, though thoroughly modern, seems timeless. The songs on The Sea and the Bells flow together so seamlessly, it almost seems like one brilliant hour-long epic composition. "Rhine & Courtesan" opens the album with a dynamic, wistful melody that evokes the feeling of riding on ocean waves, then crashes to a startling halt, only to re-emerge with a claustrophobic eeriness that foretells impending doom. Other songs continue the nautical theme, from the haunting "Night at Sea" to the hallucinatory "Letters Home." In an alternative scene where instrumental rockers are a dime a dozen, Rachel's stands out like diamonds on the ocean floor.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/1996
  • Label: Quarter Stick
  • UPC: 036172003822
  • Catalog Number: 38
  • Sales rank: 73,724

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rhine & Courtesan (6:40)
  2. 2 The Voyage of Camille (4:22)
  3. 3 Tea Merchants (4:53)
  4. 4 Lloyd's Register (9:48)
  5. 5 With More Air Than Words (2:15)
  6. 6 All Is Calm (3:17)
  7. 7 Cypress Branches (7:44)
  8. 8 Sirens (2:20)
  9. 9 Night at Sea (3:45)
  10. 10 Letters Home (3:30)
  11. 11 To Rest Near to You (2:48)
  12. 12 The Blue-Skinned Waltz (3:15)
  13. 13 His Eyes (4:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rachel's Primary Artist, Primary Artist
John Baker Bells
Bob Weston Bass, Trumpet
Kevin Coultas Drums, Timpani
Rachel Grimes Piano, Vibes
Jason Noble Bass, Guitar, Piano, Vibes, Sounds
Christian Frederickson Viola, Matches
Edward Grimes Drums
Sarah Hong Cello
Jim Maciukenas Saw
John Upchurch Clarinet, Cello, Bass Clarinet
Ann Kim Violin
Eve Miller Cello
Technical Credits
John Loder Mastering
Bob Weston Producer, Engineer
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