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Istiqbal Gathering

Album Summary

>Jorgenson, John : Concerto Glasso, for guitar & orchestra
>Jorgenson, John : Dieter's Lounge, for guitar & string quartet
>Balakrishnan, David : Groove in the Louvre, for guitar & string quartet
>Jorgenson, John : Istiqbal Gathering, for violin, cimbalom & orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ocean Way Nashville and Schermerhorn Symphon Center.

With this album, Gypsy jazz guitarist and composer John Jorgenson takes another bold step in his ongoing expansion of that music's boundaries. The first three tracks constitute a concerto for orchestra and solo guitar played in the style of Django Reinhardt. It's not clear whether the string writing is by Jorgenson or by his partner in composition, Don Hart, but it is exceptionally lovely, and the piece overall combines Latin, jazz, and classical flavors beautifully. "Deiter's Lounge" and "Groove in the Louvre," both of which feature the Nashville Orchestra and the Turtle Island String Quartet (but for the most part buries the quartet in the denser orchestral texture), are also very fine examples of orchestral jazz; the former seems to be built on a modified 12-bar blues pattern, while the latter is a bit more frantic and high-energy. The album's final composition is the title track, and is something of a mixed success. The simple melodic conceits that open the piece are given fulsome harmonic settings that seem a bit over the top, but they give way to Middle Eastern segments that are more interesting. Gradually, the whole arrangement blossoms into a rather programmatic sound, one that is certainly very pleasant but tends just a bit toward exotic for exotic's sake. Jorgenson is pretty much alone in his willingness and ability to realize these kinds of experiments, though, and both his playing and his expansive creativity make for consistently interesting and frequently gorgeous music. ~ Rick Anderson

REVIEWS:

JazzTimes (p.65) - "[T]he orchestrations, beginning with 'Concerto Glasso,' consistently add sweep, texture and fire without sounding intrusive or superfluous."



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Works Details

>Jorgenson, John : Concerto Glasso, for guitar & orchestra
  • Performer: John Jorgenson (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Paul Gambill
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Don Hart.
  • Running Time: 25 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Jorgenson, John : Dieter's Lounge, for guitar & string quartet
  • Performer: John Jorgenson (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Paul Gambill
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Balakrishnan, David : Groove in the Louvre, for guitar & string quartet
  • Performer: John Jorgenson (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Paul Gambill
  • Running Time: 7 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Jorgenson, John : Istiqbal Gathering, for violin, cimbalom & orchestra
  • Performers: David Davidson (Violin); Alexander Fedoriouk (Cimbalom); John Jorgenson (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Paul Gambill
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Carl Marsh.
  • Running Time: 15 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live