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La Espada De La Noche

Ted Nash Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (March 29, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Palmetto Records
  • ASIN: B0007R8F12
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,720 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Night In Tunisia
2. Sebago
3. Tico Tico
4. La Espada De La Noche
5. Concierto De Aranjuez: Movement l
6. Concierto De Aranjuez: Movement ll
7. Walk This Way

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"What is jazz?" As asked and answered by reed player Ted Nash's Odeon quintet, which ingeniously triangulates Argentine nuevo tango, Jewish klezmer and New Orleans brass band tradition, is anything it wants to be if the spirit and proper sense of swing are there. Odeon's second recording, "La Espada de la Noche" ("Sword of the Night"), boasts an intriguing mix of players, including the exceptional young violinist Nathalie Bonin, a native of Montreal, tuba player Clark Gayton, accordionist Bill Schimmel and the great young drummer of all seasons, Matt Wilson. Energetic and elegiac, the music ranges as far tonally and texturally as it does geographically. Nash, a member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra treats himself to a juicy clarinet vehicle, the traditional staple, "Tico Tico," and elsewhere channels classic tenor players in the lyrical, shape-shifting manner of Joe Lovano. Tunes including a remodeled "Night in Tunisia" and two movements of Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez" run a gamut of slashing violin and wild accordion, moody minimalistic swirls and tender lyrical passages. It's bracing stuff from the word go--as impressive for what it attempts as what it achieves. --Lloyd Sachs

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4.0 out of 5 stars Around the world in 50 minutes April 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Ted Nash's jazz ensemble Odeon specializes in a sort of "Old Europe" flavored ethnic music. While "La Espada de la Noche" (The Sword of the Night) leans heavily on Latin music traditions for inspiration, it is most certainly not limited to them. Shades of Klezmer, a healthy dose of Tango and Western European chamber music all contribute to the band's heady mix.

Focusing primarily on tenor sax, but doubling on a number of reeds, Nash is a svelte improviser and not an adherent to any one jazz saxophone school, unlike many of his contemporaries for whom Coltrane or Rollins are the pinnacle of saxophone technique. Having ubiquitous drummer Matt Wilson on board automatically elevates the session a notch and Nathalie Bonin's violin makes for a delectable front line partner to Nash's arsenal of horns. Clark Gayton's tuba and Bill Schimmel's accordion round out the rhythm section and provide sonic authenticity to the group's Tango and March rhythms.

Opening the record with a puckish Tango-ized rendition of Dizzy Gillespie's "Night In Tunisia" exemplifies Nash's respect for and willingness to subvert the very genre he is exploring. "Concierto de Aranjuez" is delivered with a much more serious tone. "Tico Tico" falls on the more playful side of the sonic fence and sounds like a jaunty hybrid of Klezmer and Mexican folk music with its bubbly clarinet and stuttering accordion lines. The tile track employs a suite like structure, beginning with a dramatic Piazolla-esque melody that leads from a free form accordion and drum duet into a full blown manic waltz rhythm featuring the leader's fervent soloing and psychedelic swirling accordion lines before closing magisterially like it began.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars worldly fun September 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Ted Nash continues his eclectic journey through style after style of jazz. As a member of Wynton's Lincoln Center Orchastra,and lead sax man for the amazing Jazz Composer's Collective[Ben Allison,Michael Blake,Frank Kimbrough,etc.] he continues to explore different and amazing "world jazz" on his own. From his wonderful cd Rhyme and Reason to the strange but effective tango/accordian combo on Sidewalk Meeting to the "new bop" of Still Evolved Ted has stretched himself and it works. La Espada de la Noche is a continuation of that personal exploration and it is chancey yet luckily the risk is worth the reward.It takes big ears and an open mind to listen to latin type music played with the strange instrumentation of sax,violin,accordian,tuba,and drums. What makes it work is the players abilitiy to modernize it or personalize it to the point where you are hooked.The tunes vary from the Dizzy standard,to a couple of Nash original compositions but the largest payoff is most definitely Concierto de Aranjuez Movement 1 & 2. Made famous on the Miles Davis classic Sketches of Spain Nash and team reference the original than decontruct the composition and make it their own. A special bravo to Nathalie Bonin, a profound contributor on violin and Matt Wilson, my favorite modern day drummer who seems to be everywhere these days.

An amazing and risky project that is always interesting. Reccommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars As above-great fun October 22, 2008
By C. Katz
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This outing by nephew of "THE" Ted Nash is one of great humor and charm while sill delivering the goods.This is big acceptance from me because I couldn't stand Ray Draper led recordings or Tuba in any small group setting.But here with violin and accordion (almost as dreaded to me as jazz harmonica-Toots Thieman has spoiled so many nice LP's for me but that another review).But here avoiding a somber tango treatment is fun record that many will enjoy even if they have same reservations about violin,accordion and tuba needing to "stay in their place" s to speak.But hear it just works and is charming.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Latin Jazz, Post Bop, Tango Fusion September 6, 2008
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La Espada de la Noche ("the sword of the night") is a clever world jazz fusion album by Ted Nash. The overriding theme is the fusion of music from Argentina, Spain, with tango and jazz. The group has a very unusual instrumentation: Nash on tenor tax, alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, and alto flute, Nathalie Bonlin on violin, Bill Schimmel on accordion, Clark Gayton on tuba, trombone & baritone horn and Matt Wilson on drums. The combination of violin, tuba, and accordion create a unique sound, which is really the focal point of this album. While there are plenty of great Nash solos, Nash's playing somewhat takes a back seat to his arrangement & composition skills on this album.
Really what is being showcased here is Nash's ability to arrange various classics using this odd instrumentation. Nash's flexibility of being able to play so many different instruments comes in quite handy as Nash often plays more than one instrument on a track, which really extends the tools he has to work with as an arranger. One word of caution, because of the instrumentation and theme of this album it has almost more of a classical music feel to it than a jazz feel to it. Some Ted Nash fans who are not classical music fans, might be turned off by this.

Song Highlights:
A Night in Tunisia - With so many versions of this song out there you might ask, why create another? But the unique instrumentation of this group allows for a truly original version of this Dizzy Gillespie classic.

Concierto de Aranjuez (movements I & II) - Miles Davis made this Rodrigo piece famous in the jazz world on Sketches from Spain. This version is just as good as Miles' version. It is really interesting to here the accordion incorporated into this classic.
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