Traffic Continues

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All Music Guide - Dave Lynch
For the past quarter century the varied recordings of musical renegade Fred Frith have provided a far-flung tour of the worldwide avant-garde fringe. On Traffic Continues, he composes for and plays guitar with Ensemble Modern, the venerable 21-piece German new music assemblage. This handsomely packaged CD is one of the strongest statements of Frith's career, a finely balanced work that contains concert hall and street sensibilities in equal measure. There are two lengthy pieces, the 29-minute "Traffic Continues" and the 35-minute "Traffic Continues II: Gusto for Tom Cora," an homage to the phenomenal cellist who with Frith was a member of the avant rock band Skeleton Crew. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Lynch
For the past quarter century the varied recordings of musical renegade Fred Frith have provided a far-flung tour of the worldwide avant-garde fringe. On Traffic Continues, he composes for and plays guitar with Ensemble Modern, the venerable 21-piece German new music assemblage. This handsomely packaged CD is one of the strongest statements of Frith's career, a finely balanced work that contains concert hall and street sensibilities in equal measure. There are two lengthy pieces, the 29-minute "Traffic Continues" and the 35-minute "Traffic Continues II: Gusto for Tom Cora," an homage to the phenomenal cellist who with Frith was a member of the avant rock band Skeleton Crew. Scored for 15 musicians, the first composition nearly summarizes all the diverse strains of Frith's music, with varied instrumental groupings vertically layered in polyrhythmic counterpoint; wild improvisations scattered between, over, and through the scored sections; and rubato passages punctuated by crisp pointillistic gestures. "Gusto" moves through a series of vignettes performed by Frith, harpist Zeena Parkins, Ikue Mori on drum machines, and Ensemble Modern members. The piece mixes the ragged energy of downtown New York improv with the Ensemble's massed instruments, while going straight for the heart with samples of Cora at his most lyrical and evocative. At the closing, the music hovers in stasis with Cora's cello a ghostly presence; the full Ensemble then gradually reenters in a stunningly beautiful passage. Tom Cora's untimely death was a tremendous loss, and anyone listening to "Gusto" will realize that Cora was not only a wonderful collaborator to Frith, but also a fellow life traveler and friend. The closing elegiac minutes of this CD prove that even the most cutting-edge new music is most meaningful when there is emotional resonance at its core.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/14/2000
  • Label: Winter & Winter
  • UPC: 025091004423
  • Catalog Number: 44
  • Sales rank: 88,017

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Traffic Continues: Inadvertent Introduction - Ensemble Modern (0:53)
  2. 2 Traffic Continues: First Riddle - Ensemble Modern (2:30)
  3. 3 Traffic Continues: Traffic II - Ensemble Modern (4:25)
  4. 4 Traffic Continues: Third Riddle - Ensemble Modern (2:13)
  5. 5 Traffic Continues: Lourdement Gai - Ensemble Modern (1:06)
  6. 6 Traffic Continues: Traffic III/Traffic I - Ensemble Modern (2:17)
  7. 7 Traffic Continues: Freeway/Shadow of a Tree on Sand - Ensemble Modern (5:28)
  8. 8 Traffic Continues: Fragile Finale - Ensemble Modern (9:55)
  9. 9 Traffic Continues II: Gusto (For Tom Cora): Introduction/ Limbo - Ensemble Modern (1:55)
  10. 10 Traffic Continues II: Gusto (For Tom Cora): Adage A/ At Your Earliest - Ensemble Modern (4:45)
  11. 11 Traffic Continues II: Gusto (For Tom Cora): Gyrate/Adage B - Ensemble Modern (3:25)
  12. 12 Traffic Continues II: Gusto (For Tom Cora): Not If I See You First - Ensemble Modern (1:17)
  13. 13 Traffic Continues II: Gusto (For Tom Cora): Any Other World - Ensemble Modern (1:27)
  14. 14 Traffic Continues II: Gusto (For Tom Cora): a Good Top Tongue - Ensemble Modern (0:16)
  15. 15 Traffic Continues II: Gusto (For Tom Cora): Nose at Nose - Ensemble Modern (0:56)
  16. 16 Traffic Continues II: Gusto (For Tom Cora): Will Cast Some Light On - Ensemble Modern (1:32)
  17. 17 Traffic Continues II: Gusto (For Tom Cora): Adage D/Neither Fire Nor - Ensemble Modern (0:46)
  18. 18 Traffic Continues II: Gusto (For Tom Cora): Monkey Lens Dipthong Stri - Ensemble Modern (3:33)
  19. 19 Traffic Continues II: Gusto (For Tom Cora): Howdywhoola - Ensemble Modern (0:17)
  20. 20 Traffic Continues II: Gusto (For Tom Cora): No Convenient Time - Ensemble Modern (3:30)
  21. 21 Traffic Continues II: Gusto (For Tom Cora): One Never Knows Do One?/A - Ensemble Modern (11:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fred Frith Primary Artist, Guitar
Bruce Nockles Trumpet
Wolfgang Stryi Saxophone, E-flat Clarinet
Uwe Dierksen Trombone
Rumi Ogawa-Helferich Percussion, Cymbalom
Hilary Sturt Violin
Ensemble Modern Track Performer
Rainer Römer Percussion
Dietmar Wiesner Flute, Bass Flute, Piccolo
Franck Ollu Conductor, Horn, Soloist
Technical Credits
Carlos Albrecht Engineer
Fred Frith Producer, Music Direction
Ikue Mori drum machine
Stefan F. Winter Executive Producer
Stefan Hackspiel Engineer
Markus Heuger Producer
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