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Eckemoff, Yelena Quintet – “Blooming Tall Phlox” – [L & H Production]

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CD1: Summer smells / CD2: Winter smells
Pianist/composer Yelena Eckemoff recruited Finnish jazz players to record this homage to the scents of her childhood in Russia. The band is comprised of trumpeter Verneri Pohjola, drummer Olavi Louhivuori, vibraphonist Panu Savolainen and bassist Antti Lotjonen. They are a younger band, very investigative, stimulating. More IN than OUT. Eckemoff is new to our library. She gives the band a lot of room within the compositions, but they retain a strong structure.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on February 18, 2017 at 6:31 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Janover, Jamie & Michael Masley – “All Strings Considered” – [Realm Music]

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    Hammer jammin dulcimer dudes pay penance for past performances with Phish? Perhaps.
    Massage your meridians. Chart new chakra-graphies.
    Boulder and Berkeley connect. Track titles tell the tale. Very soothing.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on February 18, 2017 at 6:02 pm
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  • Mimmo, Gianni & Sjostrom, Harri – “Live At Bauchhund Berlin 2010″ – [Amirani Records/Amirani Contemporary]

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    Out on Mimmo’s own label Amirani Contemporary, a duo of soprano sax natives Gianni Mimmo and Harri Sjostrom (ho-STROAM) performing live at Bauchhund Salonlabor in Berlin, June 4, 2010. Track 1 is a spoken intro. It was recorded on the anniversary of Steve Lacy’s passing, a fact mentioned in the intro. Lots of mouthpiece sounds. They get very into the instrument. Almost private. Track 9 features Sjostrom playing a special plastic cup.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on February 18, 2017 at 5:40 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Ades, Thomas – “Living Toys” – [Angel/Emi Classics]

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    Thomas Ades (rhymes/w Jon Faddis) b. 1971, London. 45 Year old British composer. Recorded 95&97, released 98. 5 pieces over 24 tracks. Track singly, grouped by piece, continuous- all good.

    1-8 Living Toys ’93- Chamber orchestra London Sinfonettia. Extended technique, performers slap their instruments from behind. Giant extinct bull- death of HAL- lifeless gongs- Juanito’s dream of a heroic life.

    9-15 Arcadiana ’94- Endellion string quartet. 7 movements. Free. Track 12- Tango mortale. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios.

    16-19 Sonata da Caccia ’93- Hunting Sonata – Oboe, horn, and Ades on harpsichord. Baroque sound turns modern in the final 2 movements.

    20-23 The origin Of The Harp ’94- Chamber ensemble work for 10 players, commissioned by the Halle Orchestra. It premiered in 1994 at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester under the baton of the composer himself.

    24 Gefriolsae Me ’90 (at 19 years old) – Haunting penitent chorus.
    Gefriolsae me of blodum, God haelu mine.
    (“Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God my saviour.”) Psalm 51

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on February 8, 2017 at 5:02 pm
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  • Natural Artefacts – “California Connection” – [LJ Records]

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    Recorded February 17th, 2014 at Cal’s Center for New Music & Audio Technologies.
    Natural Artefacts cultivates a mix of live electronics, jazz, improvised, and new music. Piano, tenor sax, percussion, electronics. Never too rough.

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    Susanna Lindeborg-piano, electronics
    Ove Johansson- tenor sax, EWI, electronics
    Pers Anders Nilsson- exPressurePad, electronics

    guests
    Gino Robair- percussion, electronics
    Tim Perkis.- electronics (12, 13)

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on February 8, 2017 at 4:52 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Wah – “Travellers Station” – [Assophon]

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    Masterminded by Seattle, WA drummer Gregg Keplinger and guitarist Simon Henneman. Ten-piece band, great recording recalls RVG and ECM late 70s-80s glossy freedom. Sounds great.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on January 24, 2017 at 10:55 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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  • Beethoven/ Serkin, Laredo, Parnas – “Beethoven: Triple Concerto – Concerto In C Major” – [Columbia]

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    Beethoven’s Triple Concerto
    Concerto in C Major for Piano, Violin, Cello and Orchestra, Op. 56
    Rudolf Serkin, piano
    Jaime Laredo, Violin
    Leslie Parnas, Cello
    Alexander Schneider Conducting The Marlboro Festival Orchestra

    Every summer, America’s finest classical musicians gather in Marlboro, VT. This dates from 1964. The B side begins with a high-pitched recording defect which resolves just after you begin pulling your hair out. A fine record.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on January 24, 2017 at 10:41 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,Classical
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  • Beethoven/ Schumann/ Souvairan, Pierre – “Beethoven, Bagatelles – Schumann, Fantasiestucke” – [Radio Canada Internationl]

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    Pierre Souvairain was born in Switzerland to French parents, July 30, 1911. In 1953 he joined the faculty at the University of Toronto, and in 1959 he became a Canadian citizen.

    These pieces are part of a 19th century genre of solo piano music. Beethoven’s Bagatelles, Op. 126 was his final work for piano. He called them “cycle of little pieces,” and they are tracked together on this LP. Schumann’s Fantasiestucke, Op. 12 was written in 1837, dedicated to Fraulein Anna Robena Laidlaw, an accomplished and attractive 18-year-old Scottish pianist with whom Schumann had become good friends. Dreamy fanciful sketches.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on January 24, 2017 at 10:20 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,Classical
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  • Beethoven / Heifetz, Primrose, Piatigorsky – “Trio In E Flat, Op. 3″ – [RCA Victor/ BMG]

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    String trio published in 1797 when Beethoven was 27 years old. The first of four, all from his youth.

    Violin – Jascha Heifetz
    Viola – William Primrose
    Cello – Gregor Piatigorsky

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on January 18, 2017 at 12:10 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Classical
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  • Tolimieri, Quentin – “Piano” – [Pfmentum]

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    Melody, arpeggio, ornament, trill, notes jumbled up and piled on top of each other. Madly dense. Two jazz standards locate the work but propose many questions, Well You Needn’t and On Green Dolphin Street. Calarts grad. Recorded by in Brooklyn NY Nov 2015.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on January 18, 2017 at 11:20 am
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  • Beethoven / Vladimir Horowitz – “Sonata In F Minor, Op. 57 – Sonata No. 7 In D, Op. 10, No. 3″ – [RCA Victor/ BMG]

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    Horowitz married Toscanini’s daughter. Beethoven piano sonatas. Good for the mood.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on January 11, 2017 at 4:47 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Classical
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  • Beethoven / Steven Bishop – “Diabelli Variations” – [Philips]

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    Beethoven took Viennese music publisher Anton Diabelli’s cut-n-paste waltz with one unexpected chord change and freaked it every which way, writing 33 variations. Beethoven pushes the limits of piano composition. Steven Bishop at the piano.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on January 11, 2017 at 3:48 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Classical
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  • Chin, Unsuk – “Akrostichon-Wortspiel” – [Deutsche Grammophon]

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    Korean composer Unsuk Chin (b. 1961) studied under Gyorgy Ligeti and she takes his influence somewhere very special. This CD features performances by Ensemble Contemperain, founded by Pierre Boulez in 1976. The music is colorful and textural. Tracks 1-7 track together as one work. Many silences, subtleties. Tracks 8, 9, & 10 are more recent, longer compositions. Tension, anxiety, and dread make their presences felt.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on January 11, 2017 at 3:14 pm
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  • Winstin, Robert Ian – “Taliban Dances” – [Erm Media]

    Robert Ian Winstin conducts the Kiev Orchestra and plays piano, these are all his compositions.
    Taliban Dances (Tracks 1-5) is a violin concerto in the tradition of Bartok, Prokofiev, and Kreisler. Track 3 is a standout, features a slide whistle and percussion.
    Three Pieces For Piano finds Winstin alone at the piano.
    Normandy and Le Voyage Dans La Lune are very cinematic and percussive.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on January 11, 2017 at 3:05 pm
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  • Mozart / Budapest String Quartet – “Quartet No. 16 (K. 428); Quartet No. 17 (K. 458)” – [Columbia]

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    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart born Salzburg, Austria 1756; died Vienna, Austria, 1791.
    Mozart wrote six string quartets dedicated to Joseph Haydn. Here are two, played by the Budapest String Quartet using the Library of Congress’ Stradivari instruments, given to the nation by Gertrude Clarke Whitall. Great old Mono pressing from 1953.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on January 4, 2017 at 1:53 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Classical
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  • Saxophone Choir, The – “Saxophone Shop, The” – [Soul Note]

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    Recorded 1985. 8 saxophones (3 alto, 4 tenor, 1 baritone) + piano trio. Ambitious concept, lush arrangements and verbose lead work from Philadelphia tenor player Odean Pope. You have to admire the madness? Sometimes Pope’s solo rises above. Add it to the stack with Rova & WSQ

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on January 2, 2017 at 1:53 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Bluiett, Hamiet – “Bluiett’s Barbeque Band” – [Mapleshade]

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    Recorded ’95/Released ’96. Baritone Sax legend Hamiet Bluiett’s Barbecue Band blends Free sounds, Afrocentric vibes and strong Gospel flavors. Recalls Steve Coleman.
    Track 2 features spoken word poetry and G-Funk.
    Track 4 is gospel Wind Beneath My Wings.
    Track 9 features Bluiett in top form on the baritone over Body and Soul.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on January 2, 2017 at 1:44 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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  • Kellar – “Sacred Cyclical Pilgrimage” – [Foolproof Projects]

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    Pounding rhythms and drones. Tense & ritualistic. Very versatile, a lot of cats will drink this milk. Drummer Andy Pyne runs Foolproof Projects and plays in West Hill Blast Quartet, Map 71. Recalls OM & Loop 243.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on January 2, 2017 at 1:07 pm
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  • Heifetz, Munch, Boston Symphony – “Mendelssohn – Concerto In E Minor, Prokofieff – Concerto In” – [RCA Victor/ BMG]

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    Jascha Heifetz – violin (YA-sha HIGH-fetz)
    with the BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA conducted by Charles Munch (like “The Scream” painter)

    Released 1959. Violin concertos. Heifetz was a rock star for RCA Victor, “the greatest violinist of our generation.”

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on December 17, 2016 at 4:04 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Classical
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  • Mendelssohn / Ravel / Rubinstein, Heifetz, Piatigorsky – “Trio / Trio In a Minor” – [RCA Victor/ BMG]

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    Arthur Rubinstein – piano
    Jascha Heifetz – violin
    Gregor Piatagorsky – cello

    Released February 1951. Heavy vinyl, well-loved condition. In his lifetime, Ravel was dogged by critical and public opinion that regarded him dismissively as a follower of Debussy. Mendelssohn’s trio is so idiomatic as to be playable by third- and fourth- year students.

    Side A – Ravel – Piano Trio in A Minor
    Side B – Mendelssohn – Piano Trio No. 1 In D Minor, Op. 49

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on December 17, 2016 at 3:44 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Classical
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