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2 CDs in constant rotation as I drive back and forth to school can both be highly recommended.
here), is a tour-de-force that spans nearly 16 minutes. The music moves slowly forward, the rhythm like a slow tango with the melody (played on tenor sax and muted trumpet) moving likes leaves blowing in a soft breeze. Later in the piece, a gospel music-inspired melody leads into a rollicking beat, several more short but sharp solos and a rousing finish.
The music ranges from the boppish blues of "Portrait of Miss D" to the lyrical "Park Stroll" to the charging rhythms and passionate melody of "To Be DeYoung Again" (dedicated to San Francisco's DeYoung Museum where the works that inspired the music are on exhibit). Jekabson's arrangements allow for each musician to shine and it's a tribute to their dedication to this music that makes the entire program feel seamless. Like the artwork that make Erik Jekabson stop, think and create, "Anti-Mass" will give thoughtful listeners the opportunity to make colors move, images dance, and ideas stretch. For more information, go to www.erikjekabson.com.
But, that is a minor misstep in an otherwise delightful program. The blend of pulsating rhythms with well-drawn melodies pulls the listener in. The work of co-arranger/pianist Virelles is vital to the success of this music as are the fine contributions of Adam Rogers. Roman Filiu, who has toured and recorded with saxophonist David Murray, is a new voice and you should pay attention. For more information, go to www.dafnisonmusic.com.