Tuck and Roll: The Music of Steven Mackey

Tuck and Roll: The Music of Steven Mackey

by Steven Mackey
     
 

Think "electric guitar plus symphony orchestra," and the heavy-metal blare of Metallica's S&M or the bombastic fusion of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer might come to mind. But Steven Mackey's Tuck and Roll is no crossover gimmick. Rather, it's a contemplative, colorful, often serene, and sometimes witty fourSee more details below

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Think "electric guitar plus symphony orchestra," and the heavy-metal blare of Metallica's S&M or the bombastic fusion of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer might come to mind. But Steven Mackey's Tuck and Roll is no crossover gimmick. Rather, it's a contemplative, colorful, often serene, and sometimes witty four-movement concerto for electric guitar and orchestra that belongs in a concert hall, not a stadium. The solo guitar -- expressively played here by the composer -- and orchestra bounce ideas around in a conversational manner, finding more than a few subjects of disagreement. Tuck and Roll may not be the piece to convince your teenager that classical music is cool, but it should persuade some diehards to take the electric guitar more seriously. The following work, Lost and Found, is a brief orchestral showpiece that could easily serve as the soundtrack to a zany, imaginary cartoon. But the highlight of this disc is Eating Greens, a wide-ranging, seven-movement suite whose title was taken from a painting by Margaret Leonard. Mackey's inspired wackiness is given free rein in "Waffling," with its hilarious quotation of a well-known Christmas song. "Whim and Rigor (Homage to Henri Matisse)" is stark and strangely beautiful -- a miniature masterpiece. And the concluding "Drunk Monk (Homage to Thelonious Monk)," with its lurching rhythms and winking discords, is one of the most original musical tributes this listener has encountered in many a year. Guided by their conductor, Michael Tilson Thomas, the young musicians of the New World Symphony play Mackey's music with all the bold assurance and waggish imagination it deserves.

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Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - David Gutman
Tuck and Roll is just a bit -- or, rather, quite a lot -- of free-wheeling, genre-defying fun.... Mackey's own solo contribution is unambiguously terrific and his orchestral writing can be both minutely expressive and grandly gestural; he has an enviable ear for color.... I cannot imagine this music better performed or recorded.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2001
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0090266382620
catalogNumber:
63826

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  1. Tuck and Roll, for electric guitar & orchestra  - Steven Mackey  - Steven Mackey  - Michael Tilson Thomas  - Jason Horowitz  -  New World Symphony  - Paul Reynolds  - Chad Alexander  - Chad Alexander  - Allison Jones  - Michelle Perry  - Mark Griffith  - Damon Zick  - Damon Zick  -  Grillo  - Nathaniel Hale  - Nathaniel Hale  - Steve Campbell  - Danielle Jordan
  2. Lost and Found, for orchestra  - Steven Mackey  - Steven Mackey  - Michael Tilson Thomas  - Jason Horowitz  -  New World Symphony  - Paul Reynolds  - Chad Alexander  - Chad Alexander  - Allison Jones  - Michelle Perry  - Mark Griffith  - Damon Zick  - Damon Zick  -  Grillo  - Nathaniel Hale  - Nathaniel Hale  - Steve Campbell  - Danielle Jordan
  3. Eating Greens, for orchestra  - Steven Mackey  - Steven Mackey  - Michael Tilson Thomas  - Jason Horowitz  -  New World Symphony  - Paul Reynolds  - Chad Alexander  - Chad Alexander  - Allison Jones  - Michelle Perry  - Mark Griffith  - Damon Zick  - Damon Zick  -  Grillo  - Nathaniel Hale  - Nathaniel Hale  - Steve Campbell  - Danielle Jordan

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