|Photo: Desmond White|
|Photo: Desmond White|
Szymanowski) who was born in 1887 and died in 1937. His music changed a great deal over his composing career (approximately 23 years) ranging from pieces influenced by Wagner and the "Romantics" to creating his own "voice" with the use of "folklore" plus innovations in his compositional techniques that placed the composer in the "Modernist" camp. LoRe's piece is a distillation of those different voices with echoes of Stravinsky and Satie mixed with the approach of Jimmy Giuffre, especially at the period when that composer began to move from his "Americana" sound into a "freer" phase. The quartet moves through various sections with ease and a sense of curiosity as well as with a forward motion created by the excellent playing of Mednard and White.
"Karol" also contains three "Miniatures", short compositions (between 2:25 and 2:36) in which melody and improvised are juxtaposed. These cuts are exercises in economy and expansion, melodic structure and improvised rhythms, individual voices and collective sound. In fact, the entire album is filled with examples of those exercises writ large; pieces that are organic and open to interpretation. In a word, the playing is splendid. Alex LoRe continues to create music that is involving as it is evolving, free of clutter and cliché, rich with possibilities.
For more information, go to alexlore.com.
Here's the opening track recorded live in December 2018 (two months after the recording session for the album):
|Photo: Antonio Porcar Cano|
Like the finest contemporary composers and arrangers, Guillermo Klein has slowly, steadily, built a repertoire that stands out for so many different reasons. Los Guachos, formed in the wake of Klein's 17-member Big Van, is a splendid ensemble filled with great individual voices who mesh together making music that often soars while it moves the feet.
"Cristal" will be available on September 27, 2019 – in the meantime, here's a delicious taste:
Miguel Zenon - alto sax
Bill McHenry - tenor sax
Chris Cheek - soprano, tenor, baritone sax
Diego Urcola - trumpet, flugelhorn
Taylor Haskins - trumpet, flugelhorn
Sandro Tomasi - trombone
Ben Monder - guitar
Guillermo Klein - piano, vocals, arrangements
Fernando Huergo - electric bass
Jeff Ballard - drums
Richard Nant - percussion, trumpet
All compositions composed by Guillermo Klein except "Melodía de Arrabal" and "Volver" composed by Carlos Gardel & Alfredo Le Pera
Step Tempest first posted in December 2009, a month after The Hartford Courant closed down the blogs (including mine) of numerous free-lancers. Here we are, nearly 10 years later, and much has transpired but my love of, curiosity about, and desire to listen to music and write reviews remain unabated. I have met, talked to, and heard many of the musicians I have written and continue to write about – their dedication to the music is, for a vast majority of them, remains powerful even as the music "business" continues to reinvent itself. My productivity slowed a bit in 2010 when I began teaching as an adjunct Professor in the Seminar Series at Quinnipiac University; plus, I was able to develop several courses about the popular musics of the United States, working and learning with students about the origins of what we listen to today.
Above all, I still love this music, a love than continues to grow as the years keep passing by. It's been over 50 years since I posted my first concert review for the UCONN Daily Campus – wow! Seems like only a week ago.
Thank you so much for reading and for listening.