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Art of the Groove

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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Its name derived from creation mythology found in Native American folklore, the Turtle Island Quartet, since its inception in 1985, has been a singular force in the creation of bold, new trends in chamber music for strings. Cellist nonpareil Yo-Yo Ma has proclaimed Turtle Island to be “a unified voice that truly breaks new ground – authentic and passionate – a reflection of ... Read more in Amazon's Turtle Island Quartet Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 26, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Koch Int'L Classics
  • ASIN: B00004WJM6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,922 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is not your mother's string quartet October 19, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I being a cellist myself found this inventive group amazing. I was privileged to work with them in a teaching environment and I believe that I was not the only one blown away. This traditionally looking quartet played music that would normally be played by brass groups. If you enjoy jazz and blues music with a different twist you'd love this album. If you have the chance to see them live don't miss your chance. I love this album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This Almost Works August 10, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This almost works. The expressed intent is to combine a classical format (the string quartet) and a contemporary sensibility to make music that is at once serious and swinging. As usual for such undertakings, however, the listener winds up thinking, "I wish this were either more serious or more swinging." There are some nice moments scattered throughout the 11 cuts; the most successful cut to these ears is the group's rendition of Chick Corea's "No Mystery" (an old favorite from my fusion-loving days back in the '70s, when Return to Forever was, for a time, one of my favorite bands), which really does come across as both serious and swinging.

A quick illustration of how this concept does not quite work, however entertaining it might be in many places, can be found in TISQ's arrangement of Dave Brubeck's "Blue Rondo a la Turk." The group's cello occasionally adopts the bass line, but when you really get down to it, a cello is an inadequate substitute for a bass (as in "No Mystery," where in the original RTF version, Stanley Clarke did some wicked bowing on his bass to drive things along, an effect that TISQ does not even come close to duplicating), making the overall sound a bit unsatisfying. But when the cello switches to the melody later on in the piece, there is no bass line at all to drive things along--and without bass to drive things along, the groove gets lost, making the whole arrangement sound more prissy than groovy.

Even with these shortcomings, this is an interesting recording that is well worth an audition,and you have to give TISQ credit for trying. In addition, the sound quality is excellent, striking a nice balance between close-up detail and room bloom (there is a brief explanation offered of the recording technique, which may make audiophile purists blanch--but the proof is in the pudding, which is quite sonically tasty). The disk is HDCD-encoded.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strings galore January 2, 2014
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Very unique sound , no drums, bass, horns or piano, It grows on you. Modern harmonies with some attractive dissonance The
title is very confusing: It should say "Turtle island String Quartet- Art of the Groove "- plays music by .......etc I nearly bypassed it.
The Brubeck thing is very rich and say the least.
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5.0 out of 5 stars art of the groove December 10, 2004
By Ylime
Format:Audio CD
I am a high school violinist that got to be part of a master class with this group and they were amazing! I could listen to them for hours.
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