Tributee: Pearl Jam.
Various Artists: Eric Gorfain, Jimmy Jam, Richard Dodd, Strung Out, Section, Daphne Chen, Leah Katz, Shawn Sanders.
Personnel: Eric Gorfain (violin); Shawn Somerville, Leah Katz (viola); Richard Dodd (cello).
Arranger: Eric Gorfain.
This string quartet tribute to the Northwest grunge phenomenon Pearl Jam contains a variety of intriguing reworkings of some of the Seattle band's best-known songs, including the classical hoedown of "Even Flow," and a particularly inspired "Better Man," its pretty melody brought into sharp focus by a solo violin. This collection stands up equally well as an interesting new way to listen to the groundbreaking outfit's material, and in its own right as a listenable series of neo-classical sketches.