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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

CD Review: Resonance - Introductions

Stephen McQuarry (pno/ldr/comp); Georgianna Kreiger (saxes); Ted Burik (bs); Greg German (dms); Laura Austin Wiley (vcl/fl/picc); Nancy Bien (cello); Michelle Mastin (vla); Michelle Walther (vln).
(Review by Lance).
An intriguing disc! Not quite sure how to categorise it - lift music it ain't! It's contemporary for sure. It straddles a lot of borders - jazz, classical, popular and maybe others.
The strength of the album lies in the compositions and arrangements of pianist McQuarry. The instrumentation combines a jazz quartet with a string trio plus flautist/vocalist Wiley.. With all these permutations at hand no wonder McQuarry came up with a near unique sound. If these three guys and five gals had been bigger names reviewers may have compared them to Miles' 1949 Nonet. I won't go that far 'cept to say that McQuarry has a future in both composition and arranging. He plays fine piano too!
Kreiger blows some lovely baritone on Sentimental Mood and Wiley's fluting is up there. Nice voice too and I don't use 'nice' in a condescending manner - it is nice, a cool drink on a hot day.  Walther fiddles frantically on So What where Kreiger has another great blast (Cantaloupe Island was in there somewhere)..
Eleanor Rigby has hints of the Beatles in the string writing. and the horns play an almost fugue-like take on the melody with McQuarry's solo the icing.
But how's about this - Gustav Holst's Jupiter from the Planets Suite is also in there! This just happened to be the school hymn of my seat of learning - Jarrow Central School - it brought a tear to my eye (no it didn't ) I really wanted them to kick the tune around like the teachers kicked around my inability to absorb Pythagoras' theory - pies weren't square they were round in our household. They didn't kick it around they showed respect which is what, maybe, I should have done!
The music grows on you like a first meeting. Should you see him/her again. You see him/her again and think, hey this is ok and somewhere down the line you're married.
I'm not suggesting this CD will take you to the musical altar but you will enjoy the dalliance.
Resonance - Introductions hits the streets on August 6 on Mandala Records.
Lance.

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