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Alvin Curran: Endangered Species

Composer(s): John Green, Edward Heyman, Doc Daugherty, A. J. Neiburg, Ellis Reynolds, Harry Brooks, Andy Razaf, Thomas "Fats" Waller, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington, Paul Francis Webster, Ogden Nash, Kurt Weill, Pietro Garinei, Sandro Giovannini, Renato Rascel, Irving Caesar, Vincent Youmans, Herman Hupfeld, Hoagy Carmichael, Stuart Gorrell, Anonymous, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Eubie Blake, Julius Brammer, Leonello Casucci, Traditional
Album Title: Alvin Curran: Endangered Species 
Cat. No.: 80804 (2 CDs)
Genre: Classical / Contemporary
Release Date: 11/2018
 
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Alvin Curran, Yamaha Disklavier

Endangered Species states, restates, correlates, instigates, inflates and deflates, elevates, formulates, disintegrates, interrogates, percolates, granulates, germinates, Kiss Me Kates, Tom Waits, Norman Bates and W.B. Yeats, horripilates, adumbrates, prestidigitates, sophisticates, enumerates, integrates and contraindicates songs from the standard repertoire, Standards they were called. Old French, Frankish, estendard "place of formation." If you asked a jazz musician what he played, he'd probably say Standards and Originals. Standards being popular songs from Broadway or Hollywood, Originals being compositions written by the jazz players themselves. They became the catalysts for infinite extended play. . . .  Alvin's standards rise from an uncodified potential of all the sounds in the world.  Recognizable but reformed by what had been worked through the nameless sound fields into a strange new life, now audible here.                 - Clark Coolidge (from the liner notes)

… The Yamaha Disklavier was the instrument I was waiting for . . . a grand piano which allowed me the luxury of playing not just its own hammers and strings but my entire archive of sound-files: a magic act where the whole world becomes audible directly from my finger tips - an 80-proof blend of analogue and digital. The selection of songs on this recording is mostly ballads, slow and easy, leaving me time to think, exit into unverified neighborhoods, begin a piece from the end, enter a spontaneous museum of dysfunctional harmonies, sneak out the back door into the cocktail mists looking for traces of MEV street music in a heap of Pistoletto's rags.                    - Alvin Curran 

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