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Andy Miles, clarinet: Crossing Borders

Audio Samples

>Monk, Thelonious : Round Midnight, song
>Piazzolla, Astor : María de Buenos Aires
>Piazzolla, Astor : Enrico IV
>Piazzolla, Astor : L'histoire du tango
>     Nightclub 1960
>Kuhn, Rolf : String Connection with Clarinet, for clarinet, string quartet & double bass
>Nuss, Hubert : Remembering the start of a never-ending story, for clarinet, double bass & piano
>Garner, Erroll : Misty, song
>Grimminger, Andreas Otto : Tribute to Charlie Parker
>Gunes, Betin : Der sterbende Schwan, for 2 clarinets & string quartet
>Traditional, Turkish : Batum

Album Summary

>Monk, Thelonious : Round Midnight, song
>Piazzolla, Astor : María de Buenos Aires
>Piazzolla, Astor : Enrico IV
>Piazzolla, Astor : L'histoire du tango
>Kuhn, Rolf : String Connection with Clarinet, for clarinet, string quartet & double bass
>Nuss, Hubert : Remembering the start of a never-ending story, for clarinet, double bass & piano
>Garner, Erroll : Misty, song
>Grimminger, Andreas Otto : Tribute to Charlie Parker
>Gunes, Betin : Der sterbende Schwan, for 2 clarinets & string quartet
>Traditional, Turkish : Batum
Performers Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: TV studio Türkshow in Cologne (02/24/2008).



Reviews

Great clarinet performances where jazz "meets" classical
In the new CD by clarinetist Andy Miles, "Crossing Borders", there really is a crossing of genres, source materials and playing styles that I found completely appealing I did not know of Andy Miles before this disc. He is, apparently, a well known jazz and classical performer from Germany who "started" his caree playing saxophone in rock bands! He has a very clear, focused and attractive tone with just the right touch of vibrato. On many levels, his playing will remind some of Richard Stoltzman. He is joined on this very fine set by the very capable Auryn Quartett and, on some cuts, pianist Hubert Nuss and Turkish clarinetist, Seicuk Sahinoglu. The program does vary quite a bit, opening with a neat little arrangement of the Thelonius Monk, "Round Midnight" and then continuing with three very well known tangos by Astor Piazzola, wonderfully arranged for clarinet and strings and given vivid performances. On the "ethnic" side of things, the set concludes with two Turkish works; "The Dying Swan" by Betin Gunes and a traditional folk melody, "Batum", played by Miles, Sahinoglu and ensemble. These cuts are a special delight as this is a very familiar "sound" given a very structured and somewhat classical treatment. I found the work by Rolf Kuhn, a German composer and jazz arranger, "String Connection with Clarinet" to be another terrific surprise. This three movement foray into a sound world that is somewhere between jazz and modern classical, with floating tonal centers and unpredictable rhythmic movement , is a very interesting and fun to listen to work and makes me want to go find the printed music! Miles' includes three pieces that are more or less straight, light jazz. The Charlie Parker "Tribute" contains well known melodies and the Erroll Garner "Misty" is, of course, very familiar. Hubert Nuss' "Remembering the start of a never-ending story" for piano, occupies the same world, essentially. I enjoyed the performances on the Parker and on "Misty" but they didn't really get my attention as much as the Turkish selections, the Piazzola selections and, of course, the Kuhn piece. All in all, this a very nice program to listen to and I enjoyed discovering Andy Miles, whose playing is top notch and ideally suited to repertoire such as this. The sound quality and engineering from the Telos label, in Germany, is very good and makes me curious for more. I highly recommend this disc to clarinetists looking for something a bit different or for anyone in search of some attractive listening and ready to discover some new things along the way!
Submitted on 04/13/11 by Dan Coombs 
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Works Details

>Monk, Thelonious : Round Midnight, song
  • Performer: Andy Miles (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Piazzolla, Astor : María de Buenos Aires
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1968

>Piazzolla, Astor : Enrico IV
  • Performers: Andy Miles (Clarinet); Dietmar Fuhr (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1982

>Piazzolla, Astor : L'histoire du tango :: Nightclub 1960
  • Performers: Andy Miles (Clarinet); Dietmar Fuhr (Double Bass)
  • Notes: Composition written: By 1985.
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: by 1985

>Rolf Kühn (1929 - ) : String Connection with Clarinet, for clarinet, string quartet & double bass
  • Performers: Andy Miles (Clarinet); Dietmar Fuhr (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Nuss, Hubert : Remembering the start of a never-ending story, for clarinet, double bass & piano
  • Performers: Dietmar Fuhr (Double Bass); Hubert Nuss (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 3 sec.

>Garner, Erroll : Misty, song
  • Performers: Andy Miles (Clarinet); Andreas Arndt (Cello); Hubert Nuss (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Grimminger, Andreas Otto : Tribute to Charlie Parker
  • Performers: Andy Miles (Clarinet); Dietmar Fuhr (Double Bass); Hubert Nuss (Piano)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Joe Hagedorn.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gunes, Betin : Der sterbende Schwan, for 2 clarinets & string quartet
  • Performers: Andy Miles (Clarinet); Selcuk Sahinoglu (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional, Turkish : Batum
  • Performers: Andy Miles (Clarinet); Dietmar Fuhr (Double Bass); Hubert Nuss (Piano); Selcuk Sahinoglu (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Form: Vocal