Dark Flame

Dark Flame

by Uri Caine



In his time, European classical composer Gustav Mahler (b. 1860, d. 1911) had both his supporters and his detractors. Some people in Europe understood his work; some people didn't. And in the 21st century, the same thing can be said about Uri Caine, a risk taker who has been called everything from ultra-pretentious to a musical visionary. The latter, not the former, is accurate; Caine's jazz/Euro-classical experimentation has had its excesses at times, but dismissing him as pretentious or silly is unwarranted -- and his pluses greatly outweigh his minuses. Caine's creativity is at a very high level on Dark Flame, a tribute to Mahler. Caine does not pay tribute to Mahler by performing his work exactly as it was played in the 19th century or early 20th century; instead, Caine interprets, offering an orchestral jazz/classical mixture that is Mahler-influenced but is hardly an exact replica of Mahler's work. World music is also an influence for Caine, who incorporates everything from East European music to Asian music. Mahler, of course, was never influenced by jazz, which existed in his lifetime but wasn't recorded officially until after his death (although jazz historians believe that cornetist Buddy Bolden and his colleagues were playing an early form of Dixieland in New Orleans in the 1890s, it wasn't until the release of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band's "Lively Stable Blues" in 1917 that a jazz recording finally became commercially available and was widely distributed). And the very fact that Caine has a jazz perspective lets you know that his Mahler tribute isn't going to sound exactly like a classical orchestra. Much of Dark Flame is instrumental, although parts of the album include spoken word; either way, Caine celebrates Mahler on his own terms on this consistently intriguing CD.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/03/2004
Label: Winter & Winter
UPC: 0025091009527
catalogNumber: 95

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Uri Caine   Primary Artist,Piano
Don Byron   Clarinet
Michael Formanek   Bass
Ralph Alessi   Trumpet
Sadiq Bey   Vocals
Jim Black   Drums
Mark Feldman   Violin
Barbara Walker   Vocals
Sisi Chen   Yang Chin,Yangqin
David Gilmore   Guitar
DJ Olive   Turntables,electronics
Tao Chen   Dizi
Julie Patton   Vocals
Aaron Bensoussan   Vocals
Wolfgang Kläsener   Conductor
Burton Caine   Handwriting
Bao Li Zhang   Erhu
Sepp Bierbichler   Vocals
Shulamith Wechter Caine   Vocals
Tong Qiang Chen   Vocals
Kettwiger Bach Chor   Vocals
Julie Paton   Vocals
D.J. Olive   Turntables,electronics
Kettwiger Bach Choir   Choir, Chorus
Baoli Zhang   Erhu
Yi Zhou   Pipa

Technical Credits

Uri Caine   Arranger,Composer,Adaptation
Stefan Winter   Producer,Executive Producer
Richard Furch   Engineer
Burton Caine   translation
Peter Postel   Prints
Mariko Takahashi   Executive Producer
Rachel Bliss   Artwork
Shulamith Wechter Caine   translation
Nili Cohen   translation
Carsten Kümmel   Engineer
Ben Wang   translation
Adrian von Ripka   Engineer

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