Performers include: What Four?; The De Capo Players.
Tributee: Van Morrison.
Personnel: Pamela Jacobson (violin, viola); Terry Glenny, Robin Cecil (violin); Calabria McChesney, Tom Tally (viola); Alan Mautner, Steve Velez (cello).
Recording information: Private Island Trax, Hollywood, CA; White Lantern Studio, Pasadena, CA.
Arrangers: Jim McMillen; David Stout .
The String Quartet Tribute to Van Morrison is easy listening for intellectuals. Like Morrison's own lighthearted blues, these chamber arrangements are soulful, relaxing, sunny, and often contemplative. Focusing on Morrison's best-known material, the tribute includes "And It Stoned Me," "Brown Eyed Girl," "Tupelo Honey," and "Crazy Love." While each of these offers its own melodic charms, it might be "Caravan" (the centerpiece to 1970's Moondance) that is best-suited to the chamber format. As a cello traces its jaunty rhythm, violins and viola trill and sway, giving the version a pastoral quality that's as warm as the summer sun. ~ Johnny Loftus