Notes & Reviews:
Kitzke's wide-ranging and ceaselessly inventive The Character of American Sunlight went out of print in 2007 and Innova is proud to bring it back into the world. At once exuberant and carefully crafted, Kitzke's music amply demonstrates he 'has the makings of an American original' (Robert Carl, Fanfare).Notes & Reviews:
Personnel: Jerome Kitzke; Guy Klucevsek, Lisa Karrer, Bradley Lubman.
Recording information: Baby Monster Studios, New York, NY (03/31/1997-04/07/1997); City Sound Productions, New York, NY (03/31/1997-04/07/1997); Baby Monster Studios, New York, NY (09/11/1996); City Sound Productions, New York, NY (09/11/1996).
Avant-garde can mean so many things. To a composer like Jerome Kitzke it is a freeing notion. THE CHARACTER OF AMERICAN SUNLIGHT dances among the influences that comprise the American character. From Native American songs to the poetry of Allen Ginsberg, from New York saxophone to tribal drumming, Kitzke pursues the essence of the American.
Melodic lines reminiscent of folk tales told around a campfire as well as the sounds of a burgeoning city play over a rich drumscape. Kitzke's compositions have more in common with contemporary jazz pieces than the works of 19th Century composers, but they are steeped in the traditions of each. The small ensembles responsible for each of these unique pieces give an exciting voicing to the unusual sounds. The all-digital recording gives an intimate clarity to the album.