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Blauklang

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2008 Grammy Award Nominee For Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album!!

A colorful masterpiece from four-time Grammy winner Vince Mendoza features top musicians Peter Erskine, Nguyên Lê, Lars Danielsson, and Markus Stockhausen.

Blauklang is the final part of an ACT trilogy in collaboration with Mendoza and the WDR (West German Radio) that began in 1992 with the Grammy nominated Jazzpaña and continued with Sketches.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 9, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Act Music + Vision
  • ASIN: B001CDF01I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,236 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Brian Whistler VINE VOICE on November 28, 2008
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There was a time when third stream music was almost a four letter word to jazz purists, the main complaint being that classical musicians couldn't swing, so when a jazz unit was placed in a classical setting, the music often sounded stilted. Times have changed-classical players are a lot hipper, and with arrangers like Vince Mendoza at the helm, the results are anything but tepid.

This is a banner year for the third stream: First we had Kenny Wheeler's stellar foray into the genre with the Hugo Wolf String Quartet,(I have yet to check out Joe Lovano's recent orchestral CD,) and now Mendoza's third installment in his ACT trilogy which started off with the flamenco jazz CD Jazzpana, followed by Sketches. Of the three efforts, Blauklang is quickly becoming my favorite.

At its center, Blauklang features a core unit of european jazz players, featuring guitar virtuoso Nguyen Le. Le seems to get the majority of the solos and his liquid east/west hybrid sound is often the melodic focus. The band is held together with the solid drumming of Peter Erskine, who really understands how to set up and drive a large ensemble. Rounding out the group are strong supporting players from the WDR big band consisting of a small horn section, vibes and bass augmented by the addition of a string quartet. But perhaps the real focus here is on Mendoza's exquisite arrangements. He is the Gil Evans of the next generation and then some, incredibly inventive and innovative with his subtle use of color, breaking new ground with his unorthodox arrangements.

The CD starts off with the Miles Davis' classic All Blues, given a detailed and loving arrangement here.
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I have purchased every CD Vince Mendoza has recorded. And It ALL is NO disappointment.
When I first heard Mendoza I got hooked. he is an awesome COMPOSER of JAZZ. He uses Instruments and Orchestra. And what you hear is MUSIC that really you have to say " MAN he knows what, and how to blend".

Mendoza is a CRACKER JACK at Jazz Compositions. Listen carefully and you will admire the VERY MENDOZA STYLE!!
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There are more thorough reviews of Blauklang than this. What can I add? This is music and musicianship of the highest order.
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Has Sr. Mendoza finally achieved the bluring of borders between jazz and classical music?
The All Blues version is anthological...
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