Hall Overton & Ezra Laderman: String Quartets
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCRL126     Release Date: 2010-04-01

Pulsations is the last in Hall Overton's considerable catalogue and is probably the work that most perfectly fuses his own equal and opposite musical loves, concert music and jazz. In his words, it “explores various aspects of rhythm. Instead of avoiding the pulse, my intention was to write music based largely on a strong, steady beat.” This is not, however, the primitive pulse of the typical jazz hand, but ranges from “straight-ahead propulsion, lag-beat, silent beat, free time and 'doubling.'” The moderately knowing listener will recognize characteristic jazz figures, along with others that are subtler, more deeply imbedded in the musical texture, and also more personal to Overton. In addition to its specific jazz references, Pulsations sometimes achieves a strange and dreamlike atmosphere that seems to represent the unworldly aspects of the jazz scene.

In Praise Of Diplomacy And Common Sense has been described as "a sonic happening"; "a hallucinatory montage"; "an ironic sequence." It has been compared to sections of James Joyce's Ulysses and Finnegan's Wake. To evoke such observations, In Praise Of Diplomacy And Common Sense would seem to be a new and unusual kind of theatre—one might call it "spatial, sonic theatre"— which seeks, through techniques of musical and verbal overlayering and interpenetration, to evoke the realities of a dramatic event and, simultaneously, to make a philosophical comment upon them.

This title from the CRI LP back catalog has been carefully transferred from the original master tape, and is now available from New World Records as an on-demand CD (CD-R). It can also be downloaded in MP3/320, FLAC and/or WAV format(s).

We have preserved the original CRI LP catalog number for this title, preceded by the prefix NWCRL, to distinguish previously unavailable back catalog titles from those later reissued by CRI on compact disc.
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Hall Overton & Ezra Laderman: String Quartets

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Track Listing

Second String Quartet: I. Allegro cantabile
Hall Overton
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Second String Quartet: II. Allegro con spirito
Hall Overton
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String Quartet: I. Adagio con amore; con moto
Ezra Laderman
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String Quartet: II. Adagio
Ezra Laderman
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String Quartet: III. Vivace
Ezra Laderman
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