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George Duke: Muir Woods Suite

Album Reviews:

JazzTimes (5/96, pp.152-153) - "...a groundbreaking work which utilizes intimate jazz trio, sweeping full orchestra, and unique combinations of the two for a rich, complex and unified work....The MUIR WOODS SUITE is a vivid modern masterpiece, and fine evidence that today's manifestations of orchestral music need not be limited to the film score arena..."

Album Notes

Personnel includes: George Duke (piano); Patches Stewart (trumpet); Stanley Clarke (bass); Chester Thompson (drums); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion).

L'Orchestre National De Lille: Ettore Strata (conductor); Denis Hu, Fabrice Booroy, Pascal Legay, Frederic Broucke (trumpet); Guy Denys, Christian Briez, Alain Vernay, Roland Bony, Katia Deblock (trombone); Christophe Danel, Jean-Francois Malleret, Frederic Hasbroucq, Alain Olle, Eric Lorillard (French horn); Herve Brisse (tuba); Christine Vienet, Pascal Langlet, Catherine Vadrot (flute); Philippe Cousu, Daniel Pechereau, Philippe Gerard (oboe); Christian Gossart, Jacques Merrer, Raymond Maton (clarinet); Alain Sugita Boutron, Henri Bour, Jean-Francois Morel (bassoon); Paulina Pollet (piano); Dominique Del Gallo, Christophe Marechal, Francois Gentilhomme, Aliko Miyamoto (percussion).

Recorded live at The Montreaux Music Festival, Montreaux, Switzerland on July 12, 1993. Includes liner notes by George Duke.

Recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival on July 12, 1993, but not released for two-and-a-half years, George Duke's Muir Woods Suite is a musical work for orchestra (L'orchestre National de Lille, conducted by Ettore Strata) and jazz group (himself on piano, Stanley Clarke on bass, Chester Thompson on drums, Paulinho Dacosta on percussion). As that combination suggests, it's eclectic. Some sections make full use of the orchestra in passages reminsicent of 19th century classical music, but then a bass or drum solo leads into a jazz section. Consistently engaging, but disparate, the suite has the air of a movie soundtrack. ~ William Ruhlmann


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