Dlugoszewski/ Ewazen/ Liebman/ Rzewski

Composer(s): Frederic Rzewski, Lucia Dlugoszewski, Eric Ewazen, David Liebman
Album Title: Dlugoszewski/ Ewazen/ Liebman/ Rzewski 
Cat. No.: 80494
Genre: Classical
Description: Works by Lucia Dlugoszewski, Eric Ewazen, David Liebman, and Frederic Rzewski

David Taylor-bass trombone; Louise Schulman-violin, voice; Bill Blount-clarinet; Allan Dean-trumpet; Robert Wolinsky-Fender Rhodes piano; David Carp-kazoo, recorder; Bill Moersch-marimba, dulcimer; Stephen Taylor-oboe; Alan Cox-flute; Dennis Godburn-bassoon; Lucia Dlugoszewski-timbre piano

Virtuoso bass trombonist David Taylor’s second New World release continues in the adventurous vein of Past Tells. Rzewski’s minimalist Moonrise with Memories, influenced by the polyphonic techniques of Pygmy music, is a “mini-concerto” for bass trombone and six accompanying instruments that play in the soprano range. The music exudes a quiet optimism.

Jazz composer and musician David Liebman’s Remembrance was written shortly after the death of Bill Evans and is dedicated to his memory. Accompanied by a woodwind quartet, Taylor infuses his improvised solo, based on an ancient religious song, with great feeling and lyricism.

Eric Ewazen’s Dagon II explores a myriad of sonorities and effects, produced solely by the bass trombone. The work is written for solo performer and tape, the tape part consisting of eight tracks of bass trombone. The piece is a study in violent contrasts, constantly moving from total tranquillity and silence to utter chaos and dissonance.

The program closes with a major work by the underrecorded Lucia Dlugoszewski, Duende Quidditas, for bass trombone and piano. It is a dark, fantastical piece which makes extravagant virtuosic demands on the soloist (the accompanist is the composer herself). It epitomizes the art of this master musician: in his own words “ that was so difficult, requiring so much concentration, that I was taken out of myself-and the music felt improvised.” 
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