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Strings Revisited

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Strings Revisited revives and revamps the sound of Strings, a now-classic recording by Juhani Aaltonen and Otto Donner released in 1976, which is one of the cornerstones of modern Finnish jazz. Strings Revisited was born from the idea of building on the music of the original album in order to create new music. Three compositions from it were recorded in new contemporary arrangements and Henrik Otto Donner created three totally new compositions for saxophone and strings. Only very few recordings in the history of jazz have combined free improvisation with the lush sound of a string ensemble in such a contemporary manner as this recording and its predecessor. Besides Juhani Aaltonen, Strings Revisited also features jazz legends Reggie Workman on bass and Andrew Cyrille on drums and the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, a highly acclaimed modern string ensemble here conducted by the composer Henrik Otto Donner.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Evolution Vamp
  2. My Next And Only Love
  3. Deliverance
  4. Sax Ballad
  5. Trains & Boats & Planes
  6. Och Tusen, Tusen Stråla Ock...

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 22, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: TUM Records
  • ASIN: B0001CM0B4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #991,049 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Some views to the work in question:

No sweetness!

Like always in Juhani Aaltonen's playing, there is a certain sense of seriousness. Combined with the seriousness of a modern classical string orchestra, things might get too serious. Luckily, 'Strings Revisited' has a great rhythm section adding to the music and the recording is, mostly, an interesting and, a bit less, a lively piece of art, whether you call it "third stream" or something else.

Strings [Love Records 1976] revisited

The recording consists of six Donner's pieces, of which half are old and the other half more modern pieces composed specifically for this recording. The arrangements are all tailored to this setting. The new pieces seem to be more interesting, especially 'Deliverance', with it's rhythm (claimingly) borrowed from the art music of South India. Some of the old compositions have been clearly bettered by the new arrangements, most notably 'My Next and Only Love' (the very first version is on the classic 'For Friends and Relatives', 1966).

Reggie Workman (and Andrew Cyrille) in Finland!

Possibly the most curious thing for the American listener is the fact that Coltrane's early-sixties bass player Reggie Workman plays on this record! Together with Andrew Cyrille on drums they make a great contribution to the interestingness of this music. But, by everyone involved, the whole work is strictly and tightly in command, with absolutely nothing like sloppiness present. The only disadvantage of this whole product, besides the somewhat ascetic strings, is that the rhythm section gets to play much too little. It would've been nice to hear more of the characteristic drumming and Workman's bass, now they are present only on about half of the time.
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