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Suite for Cello & Jazz Trio

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000025XO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,186 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Catherine S. Vodrey on October 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Claude Bolling and Yo-Yo Ma are a combination made in heaven on Bolling's "Suite for Cello & Jazz Piano Trio." Once again marvelously mixing together many of the basic ingredients of classical and jazz, Bolling serves up a deliciously rich stew of musical influences that manages always to sound fresh, never derivative.
"Baroque in Rhythm" opens the album with a, well, baroque sound. Ma serenely carries the first few minutes of the song himself, when Bolling and his bassist and drummer come in for back-up. The result is pure, propulsive magic. "Galop" has the feel of a musical dressage session, with Ma's cello richly filling the role of spirited horse, and Bolling's piano providing a prancing, mincing sound to back up the illusion. "Romantique" starts off sounding as though it's actually going to be a cheesy lounge ballad, but it soon turns mystical and minor and rich. Bolling can pack regret and memory and smoky sadness into piano-playing like practically no one else I know. "Romantique" is truly a magically evocative composition. On the song "Cello Fan," Bolling's piano and Ma's cello playfully sound as though they're racing each other, or else talking to each other at very high speed, each rushing to outdo the other. It's great breathless fun, and the whole album is a treasure.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 22, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The Bolling Suite is a combination of jazz and classical elements that are played together so well. The Bach-inspired introduction leads pleasantly into an upbeat jazz style that seems in place. For those who can accept the cello as something other than classical, this CD is rather enjoyable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A would-be polymath on September 19, 2006
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I echo the comments of other reviewers in praising the music. It's very creative, very interesting, and the combination of instruments gives it a depth that it might not otherwise have. However, I found the quality of the recording to be poor. I admit I have a cheap audio system, but other recordings with similar instruments sound much better. Hence 4 stars instead of 5.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on October 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Bolling has left the rather confined world of the Jazz trio (piano, flute, bass + percussion - that's a quartet isn't it?) and expanded into other areas. The cello seems an odd choice for a jazz adventure but somehow it seems absolutely correct in these circumstances.
Ma has traveled from the beautiful solitude of the solo Bach Sonatas to the ravishing sensuousness of the Tango to "modern" chamber music and now to sophisticated jazz settings. Each of these pieces seems written with him in mind (and maybe that was the case) and if not, it is as near a perfect fit as one can imagine. The yearning of the cello combines with the other instruments to produce some of the most beautiful sounds around. This is a winner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Fraga on July 6, 2009
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Experienced genious Claude Bolling and a young Yo-Yo Ma managed a very successfukll fusion. Since my late teens I've been used to Claude Bolling trios, even on stage during jazz festivals and he always pleased me. Yo-Yo Ma is a cello virtuoso, though some people says he plays like a hi-tec machine, but only a very good artist could join a jazz trio and record such a fantastic cd with such baroque, etc., spirit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Chen on July 4, 2007
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My fourth album from Bolling, and I'm still constantly entertained and mesmerized by the music. Bolling's specialty lies in his ability to fuse "mainstream" (arguably so) melodies with little surprises here and there which never fails to please and entertain. I also highly recommend the Violin and Piano album, and the flute and piano albums.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Hoffman on January 1, 2008
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We're fans of Claude Bolling. If your into a mix of classical music and jazz mix then this disc is for you! We've listened to it many times and have even had comments from guests who ask who was playing during a recent gathering or ours. Purchase this, it's great!!!!!
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This is one of the most wonderful recordings I've ever heard. Bolling and Rampal are virtuoso players who managed to merge their jazz and classical perspectives (respectively) into a delightful musical estuary that's chock full of twists, turns, surprises, and good humor. I don't know anyone who has ever heard this recording and didn't love it. This was recorded in 1975 so this is a REAL virtuoso performance. No digital touchups. No pitch correction, no quantizing. This is the lost art of great musicians making great music together.
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