Thursday, October 1, 2009

CD of the Month - "QSF Plays Brubeck"

CD of the Month
Quartet San Francisco: "QSF Plays Brubeck" (ViolinJazz Recordings) 2009

A complete masterpiece! Superb performances of Dave Brubeck's outstanding works - plus Paul Desmond's "Take Five" - by the Quartet San Francisco (Jeremy Cohen & Alisa Rose on violins, Keith Lawrence on viola, Michelle Djokic on cello). Magnificent & highly creative arrangements mostly by Cohen, except for the no less inspired scores on "The Duke" (by Matthew Brubeck), "Bluette" (by the underrated Larry Dunlap, an unsung hero of the California jazz scene since Flora Purim's "Stories To Tell" days in the early 70s, having produced/arranged Mark Murphy's Grammy-nominee sumptuous "September Ballads" album) and "Forty Days" (scored by Robert Gilmore).
Produced by Andrea Liguori, masterfully engineered by Judy Kirschner @ Skywalker Sound Studio & Screaming Lizard Productions in Petaluma, California, from July 31 to August 3, 2009.
Beautiful digipack artwork by Gwen Terpstra, using a painting by Frank Stella on the front cover.
"I got a kick out of hearing these talented musicians interpret my music in such an inventive way," my dear friend Dave Brubeck writes in the liner notes. "It's an honor for a composer to have his music re-visited by a group such as Quartet San Francisco." No doubt about it.
One of the best albums released in 2009!
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