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Whirled Chamber Music / Quartet San Francisco

Album Summary

>Scott, Raymond : Powerhouse, for jazz ensemble
>Corea, Chick : Spain
>Ellington, Duke : The Mooche
>Coleman, Cy : Pick Up The Pieces, song (cut from "Seesaw")
>Cohen, Jeremy : Tanguori, for string quartet
>Scott, Raymond : Boy Scout in Switzerland
>Scott, Raymond : Peter Tambourine
>Delerue, Georges : I Hear Music
>Hagen, Earle : Harlem Nocturne
>Grisman, David : Dawg's Bull
>Secunda, Sholom : Bai mir bistu scheyn (To me you are beautiful)
>Scott, Raymond : The Penguin
>Scott, Raymond : Celebration on the Planet Mars
>Bernstein, Leonard : Gee Officer Krupke
>Scott, Raymond : The Toy Trumpet
>Menken, Alan : Under the Sea (for Disney's The Little Mermaid)
>Scott, Raymond : Siberian Sleighride
>Garibaldi, David : What is Hip
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Quartet San Francisco says, "We feel passionate about this mix of American genres - blues, funk, jazz, tango, bluegrass and rock - and we perform each work from within the style in which it was conceived."

Notes & Reviews:

String quartets playing anything but classical music, while not commonplace, are also not unique -- see Kronos, Turtle Island, Max Roach's Double Quartet, or Quartette Indigo for a few examples. In the case of Quartet San Francisco, their repertoire is all over the map, from cartoon jazz to standards, American popular songs, tango and disco, the latter being throwaways. This group led by Jeremy and Joel Cohen (violin and cello, respectively) let musical styles fly by, pluck one, play it, and move on to another. Their penchant for the music of Raymond Scott is most evident, as seven of these selections are his. Of the more challenging picks, "Peter Tambourine" swings hard and sways, "Siberian Sleighride" evokes a definite wintry motif, and "The Penguin" is a layered, sophisticated, daring interpretation that yields great listening throughout. Several other Scott covers have a distinct country flavor. A twangy, skittering, fiddled, chicken-fried feeling is stapled into "Powerhouse," "Boy Scout in Switzerland," and "Toy Trumpet." David Grisman's "dawgrass" concept is modified in a Philip Glass minimalist level for Grisman's "Dawg's Bull." For the jazz oriented portion of the program, you hear the yearning strings sighing during Duke Ellington's "The Mooche," holding a compact, precise, sweet line on Chick Corea's "Spain," and stalking slinky and stealth for "Harlem Nocturne." The lone original, "Tanguori," is the tango flavored Astor Piazzolla influenced singleton. QSF can be polite, poetic, stoic, or even a bit wild, while staying within the framework of the original works, emphasizing stylistic elements rather than stretched jamming or pure improvisation. Clearly this group is capable of much more exploration and hopefully innovation, as this recording hints and winks at. ~ Michael G. Nastos



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>Scott, Raymond : Powerhouse, for jazz ensemble
  • Performer: Quartet San Francisco
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Corea, Chick : Spain
  • Performer: Quartet San Francisco
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Ellington, Duke : The Mooche
  • Performer: Quartet San Francisco
  • Running Time: 6 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Coleman, Cy : Pick Up The Pieces, song (cut from "Seesaw")
  • Performer: Quartet San Francisco
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1973

>Cohen, Jeremy : Tanguori, for string quartet
  • Performer: Quartet San Francisco
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Scott, Raymond : Boy Scout in Switzerland
  • Performer: Quartet San Francisco
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930s

>Scott, Raymond : Peter Tambourine
  • Performer: Quartet San Francisco
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930s

>Delerue, Georges : I Hear Music
  • Performer: Quartet San Francisco
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Hagen, Earle : Harlem Nocturne
  • Performer: Quartet San Francisco
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Grisman, David : Dawg's Bull
  • Performer: Quartet San Francisco
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Secunda, Sholom : Bai mir bistu scheyn (To me you are beautiful)
  • Performer: Quartet San Francisco
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Scott, Raymond : The Penguin
  • Performer: Quartet San Francisco
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930s

>Scott, Raymond : Celebration on the Planet Mars
  • Performer: Quartet San Francisco
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bernstein, Leonard : Gee Officer Krupke
  • Performer: Quartet San Francisco
  • Notes: Composition written: 1955-57.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955-1957

>Scott, Raymond : The Toy Trumpet
  • Performer: Quartet San Francisco
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Menken, Alan : Under the Sea (for Disney's The Little Mermaid)
  • Performer: Quartet San Francisco
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Scott, Raymond : Siberian Sleighride
  • Performer: Quartet San Francisco
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930s

>Garibaldi, David : What is Hip
  • Performer: Quartet San Francisco
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Emilio Castillo, Stephen Kupka.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary