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listen  7. The Stuttering Variation 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen12. The Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Variation 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen14. Variation for Saxophone & Piano 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen21. Canon At the 3rd In 3/4 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen25. Variation 11 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen30. The Verdi Piano Duet Variation 1:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen20. Variation On B-A-C-H 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen26. Variation 29 1:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen28. Variation 30, Quodlibet, The Drinking Party 1:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen31. The Blessing Variation 4:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen32. Aria 1:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen33. The Eternal Variation 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Uri Caine was born in Philadelphia and began studying piano with Bernard Peiffer. He played in bands led by Philly Joe Jones, Hank Mobley,Johnny Coles, Mickey Roker, Odean Pope, Jymmie Merritt, Bootsie Barnes and Grover Washington. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and studied music composition with George Rochberg and George Crumb. Caine has recorded 25 cds as a leader. His most ... Read more in Amazon's Uri Caine Store

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  • Audio CD (August 15, 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Winter & Winter
  • ASIN: B00004RGPM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,575 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Amid the plethora of Bach discs released in 2000 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the composer's death comes something truly original, groundbreaking even, from New York jazz performer and arranger Uri Caine and his band. Having already explored the music of such composers as Mahler, Wagner, and Schumann, Caine has turned his attention to Bach and the seminal Goldberg Variations. He is, of course, not the first musician to link the improvisatory skills of Baroque musicians with those of jazz players, but the 70-plus tracks on this two-CD release go way beyond mere extemporization. Caine takes Bach's music back in time (with the help of a gamba quartet and lute), into the future (string quartet, tango, minimalism, klezmer, jazz), and to the dawn of the 21st century (ambient dance with DJs Olive and Logic). The keyboard remains central--Caine starts off on fortepiano and goes on to play piano, harpsichord, electronic keyboards, and Hammond organ--as do Baroque forms, such as variation, cannon, quodlibet, and chorale. Caine even finds time to pay homage to a number of other composers; namely, Rachmaninov, Vivaldi, Verdi, Mozart, and Handel. From the serene opening to some of the out-there variations along the way, there is never a dull moment on this beautifully presented release, which will fascinate and entertain many throughout repeated listenings. --Rebecca Agnew

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel John Kahane on August 23, 2000
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If for no other reason, Uri Caine ought to be respected for having no "censor" button in his creative process. Whatever comes to his mind gets put on record, and I find this to be incredibly refreshing. With 70 variations clocking in at two and a half hours over 2 discs, naturally everything is not going to be perfect, but for the most part, the Goldberg Variations is a joy to listen to. That he is able to put electronica and baroque period performance on the same disc makes me smile in itself; the fact that it gels is just icing on the cake. Nitty gritty: The solo keyboard renderings, heard on harpsichord, fortepiano, and piano tend to be a bit stiff, except for variation 29, in which Uri totally abandons the written notes-it's fantastic. Some of Uri's compositions, based on the Goldberg bass line, are a bit vanilla... choral settings are just too precious, but again, the overall experience on the record is totally refreshing. Each variation is heard in a unique instrumentation, ranging from baroque period performance to various chamber music settings, trad jazz, rhythm section and a couple horns, gospel, electronica, salsa, and so on. This record never wants for talent, featuring Greg Osby, Ralph Alessi, Drew Gress, James Genus, and other jazzers; several excellent baroque players, free jazz cellist Ernst Reijseger, and incredibly creative vocalist David Moss, among others. It's always entertaining, and often brilliant. Anyone with an open ear who has not heard Uri Caine ought to be this record.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 6, 2004
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I recently finished (and reviewed here) a biography of Johann Sebastian Bach which made the point repeatedly that our image of Bach as the stern Cantor of Leipzig is incorrect. The writer points out that before his long (and not very happy) job in Leipzig he had been very interested in less serious forms of music than the church cantatas for which he was mostly known in Leipzig. While in Leipzig itself he led the Collegium Musicum (the forerunner of today's Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra) and they met in a coffeehouse known for its conviviality. Further, anyone who listens to his music and who understands the musical conventions of the day can hear the sense of humor Bach brought to his music. This is nowhere more evident than in the Goldberg Variations. Just think of the Quodlibet that ends it - drinking songs and jokes! All this is in service of making the point that Uri Caine's 2+ hour riffs on Bach's Goldberg Variations would probably make the Master smile, even guffaw in places.

I have a friend in Eindhoven, Holland who, like me, is a Goldberg nut. Between us we probably have upwards of fifty versions of the Goldbergs, including versions for organ, string trio, string orchestra; I keep waiting for someone to transcribe it for koto ensemble. But he recently sent me this twofer from the Uri Caine Ensemble. I had known of it and of Uri Caine, but had never heard it. I was not prepared, though, for my reaction. Remembering that Bach had written the Variations for young harpsichordist Johann Theophilus Goldberg to play at night for his notoriously insomniac employer, Count von Keyserlingk (presumably to help him get to sleep), I put the headphones on as I went to bed, thinking I'd give Uri Caine the same opportunity to lull me to sleep.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Sweetkind on December 25, 2000
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Here's one of the most inventive, heart-warming, beautiful and funny recordings existing for people who love ALL genres and styles of music. Absolutely professionally composed and linked together, the variations range from pure Bach through choral, gospel, jazz, electronic, klezmer and even a wild Mexican variation.
The range of styles and variety of instruments and voices provides constant amazement, amusement and variety. Yet somehow it all works. Caine obviously is a serious and talented musician with a wonderful ear for sounds, as well as a superb sense of humor and a bizarre imagination. My kind of guy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L Buckley on November 24, 2002
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I have to chuckle at anyone who buys an album with titles like "Dig It Variation," or "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Variation" and then complains that Johann has defaced. I have Perahia's Goldbergs for when I want exquisite Bach, and Gould's for when I want, well, whatever it is that Gould did, and I have Caine for something completely different. I actually love his Mahler album more than this Goldbergs treatment (I think the Mahler is one of the best albums of the 1990s). But this one is worthwhile. If you dont' respond positively to the words "Knitting Factory scene" or "Downtown improvisers," move on to one of the literally dozens of interpretations that do not contain "The Jaybird Lounge Variation"--that one you'll only find here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 2001
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This is an extreme variations album. Not content with the 30-odd that Bach wrote for solo instrument, Uri Caine has produced this double album of some 70 episodes for solo, duo, ensemble, vocal, choral, you name it, performance. Some are close to Bach's originals, some have a nodding acquaintance, and others are completely novel explorations of musical styles and melodies which Johann Sebastian would have been unable to contemplate in his day. But is it any good? Well, you're not looking at the output of the father of all Western music for the last 300 years, but you can't help admire the verve, enthusiasm and bravado with which Uri Caine has tackled the job. It's almost as if he decided to wilfully intermix musical styles just because they were there to be mixed. With so many variations I suspect not every listener will like every track, but I can guarantee that everyone will find some real stunners that will open their ears. For example, I particularly like the 'Dig It' variation - how long before someone picks up on this for a TV commercial soundtrack? This whole album is bit like a splash of cold water in the face - it's bold, refreshing and everybody needs it once in a while!
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