Album Remarks & Appraisals:
The re-release of an important solo violin recital by one of the world’s most versatile and accomplished virtuosos. Adept at jazz, classical, noise improvisation, country music and much, much more, Mark Feldman is a perfect example of a 21st century musician. One of the most sought after players in the downtown scene, he has performed as a soloist with the WDR Radio Symphony of Koln, the Basel Sinfonietta of Switzerland, recorded as a Nashville studio musician on over 200 recordings (including Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, George Jones and Jimmy Swaggart), made over 100 albums as a sideman.
Music for Violin Alone is the debut date as leader for virtuoso violinist Mark Feldman, who has performed as a sideman with countless musicians, in genres ranging from country to avant-garde jazz. Here he performs original, classically styled pieces that exude high drama. The violin arcs over small measures of time, plummets into hurt, soars back up into the air, then lands lightly spinning. Feldman bows out grit and texture with ribbed vibratos, and achieves excellent (and frequent) harmonies through a curious sawing technique. With glissando runs and compositional foils, Feldman balances tremolo highs with base harmonics, in a study of unsettled, driven, imploring violin. ~ Joslyn Layne