The worst CD of any genre I've ever heard. What is it? Why is it? People pay money for this? Even drugged-up you'd complain to turn it off!
Kline (b. 1953) makes almost unimaginable sounds with orchestras consisting of dozens or even hundreds of boombox tape players. Massive waves of sliding tone clusters, voices and bells inhabit "The Holy City of Ashtabula" and the circle of fifths extends into infinity in the ominous "Premonition." "Chant" uses a dozen tape loops and a Robert Plant riff to emulate the sound world of Steve Reich's "It's Gonna Rain" gone mad in live performance, while the harmonica-crazed "Bachman's Warbler" is simply one of the 1990s post-minimalist classics.
From vast boombox symphonies to chamber music and song cycles, Phil Kline's (b. 1953) work has been hailed for its originality, beauty, subversive subtext, and wit. ...In terms of its harmonic make-up this album begins in a traditional enough format, but once the inaugural choral sequence is dispensed with, the uncompromising strings of 'Offertorium' bring a very contemporary sense of uncertainty, as the piece swells with strange and ambiguous drama. Towards the end of the mass the choir lose their grip on language altogether, groaning their way through 'Dark Was The Night' , as all the while jagged strings stab and slash around in the background. Powerful stuff.
This comprehensive history traces the development of mathematical ideas and the careers of the mathematicians responsible for them. Volume 1 looks at the discipline's origins in Babylon and Egypt, the creation of geometry and trigonometry by the Greeks, and the role of mathematics in the medieval and early modern periods. …
The Phil Woods Quintet's final recording on November 10, 2014 at the Deer Head inn with Bill Goodwin, Steve Gilmore, Bill Mays and Brian Lynch. If you are a Phil Woods fan (as I am), this album is essential; while the recordings took place not that long before Phil's death, and you can hear the evidence of his declining health, Phil is still Phil … and that means, that even with his health limitations, he is still masterful and this recording is a poignant tribute to his great career and legacy. The amazing trumpet playing of Brian Lynch is an added bonus; he really shines, and together, he and Phil … aw the whole quintet, really … make this album a not-to-be-missed gem!!
Reissue with the latest remastering. Comes with liner notes. The meetings of alto saxophonist Phil Woods and Gene Quill, such as this 1956 sextet date for RCA, are always enjoyable. In addition to baritone saxophonist Sol Schlinger, Woods and Quill are joined by pianist Dave McKenna, bassist Buddy Jones, and drummer Shadow Wilson. The focus is on the two altoists, but there is occasionally blowing room for Schlinger and McKenna, too. Gene Orloff's snappy "Sax Fifth Avenue" and Woods' brisk "Four Flights Up" are the highlights of the date, along with several works by Bill Potts. This is a typically solid effort by Phil Woods and Gene Quill.