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These performances alone are worth whatever it takes to obtain
this CD. Add to that, however, David Sherr's exciting first
class performance on alto saxophone in the first movement of
his own jazz suite The Secret Life of Walter MIDI, and you
have the complete picture. As seems to be Sherr's interest,
he extracts from unlikely sources something as near to a
twelve-tone series and moulds it into a wonderfully flexible
composition. The first movement Sax Lines and Audio Tape
takes the first thirteen
notes of Charlie Parker's solo of Kern-Hammerstein's The Song
is You and makes fascinating music
[listen -- track 4, 0:00-0:59].
Later are heard superb solos from Brian
Swartz on trumpet and Shelley Berg on piano.
The third movement of the suite, In The Pocketa Pocketa
is made out of lines from Mozart's 40th Symphony.
There are other Sherr
pieces too. After the oboe Sequenza comes Palimpset, a
repeat of Berio's solo piece with Sherr's added accompaniment
for the full ensemble, superimposing his own improvised flute
part. Debussy-Deb-You-Do is two sets of variations on
material derived from Sequenza I and a Dizzy Gillespie solo.
This is certainly a CD to get your hands on and your ears
around, and will be very rewarding for the effort.
Copyright © 8 February 2004
Patric Standford, Wakefield UK
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ArtMusic Ensemble: Look Both Ways
innova 541 Stereo 67'10" 2000 American Composers Forum
ArtMusic Ensemble: Shelly Berg, piano; Cynthia Fogg, viola; Scott Higgins, percussion; Joe LaBarbera, drums; Harvey Newmark, bass; David Sherr, leader, alto saxophone, flute, oboe, clarinet; Brian Swartz, trumpet, flugelhorn; Amy Wilkins, harp
Luciano Berio: Sequenza 1 (1958); David Sherr: Debussy Deb-You-Do (1999); Sax Lines and Audio Tape (1999); Berio: Sequenza VII (1969); Sherr: Palimpsest (1999); Berio: Sequenza IXa for clarinet (1980); Sherr: In the Pocketa Pocketa (1999)