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Bolling: Concerto for Guitar & Jazz Piano Trio Import, Original recording remastered

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Through the composer, pianist and big band leader Claude Bolling, American music represented by Duke Ellington and Count Basie, became known and respected in Europe. Bolling, the pupil who became master, representing European music, introduced the ingenious mixture of jazz and classical music to the United States through his Suite for the flute and a piano jazz trio with Jean-Pierre Rampal which beat all records by staying in the Billboard charts for 530 weeks. Alexandre Lagoya, a leading guitarist of the XXth century, commissioned Claude Bolling for this concerto, another masterpiece of crossover Alexander Lagoya, Michel Gaudry, Marc Michel, Marcel Sabiani, Andre Arpino
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 10, 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Fremeaux & Assoc. Fr
  • ASIN: B000067G3Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,018 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Alexandre Lagoya and Claude Bolling have combined to produce yet another winner in the long line of Jazz "Suites". Perhaps future musicians will associate the Jazz Suite with Bolling much as we associate the Nocture with Chopin or the Tango with Piazzolla. I was apprehensive over the effect that a guitar could bring to the world of jazz. One usually associates the wind or wood or brass instruments with that genre and I have to admit that the CD has a more "classical" ring to it than the other suites.

That is not a criticism by any means. In a way, this is some of the most inventive music Bolling ever penned. Many of these are idiomatically "guitarish". AFRICAINE touches on several themes - jazz, blues, tango, classical whereas INVENTION sought after Bach (was the name a pun?) This is a more private album, one that benefits from a solitary rather than public listening, perhaps due to the detailed playing that is difficult to grasp in the public social setting.
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This is an unbelievable contribution to the polytheon of excellent music. Bolling has merged the two great worlds of classical music and jazz to make for one of the most exciting musical experiences I've ever heard. The first movement alternates between a very Spanish 5/4 dance feel and a laid back jazz/blues feel. The invention movement brings Bach to mind immediately, but the jazz rhythm section behind LaGoya's very traditional melody makes for a completely different feel. The Rhapsodic movement is enchanting and brings Gershin to mind immediately. Bolling not only writes great music in this Concerto, but also uses the music in order to pastiche the great composers in a jazz idiom. He answers the question: What if Bach was a jazz cat? It's an exciting piece with a lot of dimension, a lot of elasticity and a lot of fun. It's well excecuted. LaGoya's guitar work is excellent and Bolling is a monster at the keyboard. This album is a must have. You will probably never hear something quite like Bolling's work. I love this album. Take advantage of this great music, you won't regret it.
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I've known this music since I was a kid, listening to my parents vinyl collection of Bolling's suites and concertos. I recently came across a cassette recording and was reminded how much I loved the fusion of jazz and classical sensibilities. But because functional cassette players are getting harder to come by, I decided to purchase the tracks as MP3 files. I just started listening casually to the tracks, and at first thought something was odd, in that the instruments were not in tune with each other. As I listened more carefully, it was apparent that this was not the original studio recording, but rather it was a live recording, where not only are the instruments out of tune, but you can hear all the rough edges of a live recording (thumps, creaks, breathing, etc). In addition, the musicians take liberties to embellish on the original score, which I found grated against my memories of how the music should sound. Yes, I know jazz should be open for interpretation, but I wanted to hear the music I knew, so I'm a bit disappointed. Guess, I'll have to track down the vinyl and a working turntable and rip my own tracks.
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This is an outstanding piece of music. The guitar is very spanish in the style of Rodrigez "Concierto d'Aranjuez". It is accompanied by a Jazz Trio, which sometimes swings, sometimes is in a very classical mood. Together they are fantastic. Just buy, listen and swing.
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Not an easy task to compose music of jazz and classical genres but Claude Bolling is a genius making it look easy. This is a great piece to perform live and a perfect choice to add to any ensemble repetoire. The rhythm section is tight, loose and flawless at the same time. All the music is written and performed like an chamnber ensemble but sounds and feels like a jazz ensemble. It's the best of both great musical worlds.
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Again and again, Claude Bolling delights the senses with his light-hearted, toe-tapping rhythms,

In no way does the lightness diminish from the seriousness of the music. Great stuff.

Great gifts for people who play the instruments featured on his jazz albums (flute, guitar, cello)
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This is wonderful cross-over, jazz/classical album. But the tracks listed are identical to the Bolling album Concerto for Guitar with Angel Romero, et al. Can anyone explain this?
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