Portrait in seven shades

Portrait in seven shades

Music CD - 2010
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Publisher: New York, NY : Jazz at Lincoln Center, p2010
Branch Call Number: MCD JAZZ
Characteristics: 1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Contents: Monet (6:42)
Dali (6:17)
Matisse (7:18)
Picasso (8:59)
Van Gogh (6:53)
Chagall (8:08)
Pollock (10:28)
Additional Contributors: Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra


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May 19, 2013

Ted Nash and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra have really created something unique and special called Portrait In Seven Shades. Fans of the Marsalis groupings will recognize many of the players; Victor Goines, Walter Blanding, Wycliffe Gordon and his most recent rhythm section of Dan Nimmer, Carlos Henriquez, and Ali Jackson -though I do favor his previous A-team of Reginald Veal on Bass and Herlin Riley on Drums. Other than that personal preference, or in light of it, this is still an amazing recording with outstanding performances at the highest level. Wynton Marsalis asked Ted Nash to compose a long form piece with a theme. Nash chose visual Artists as a template and created a song for each; Monet, Dali, Matisse, Picasso, Van Gogh, Chagall, and Pollack. The liner notes in the booklet flesh out the concepts for each song and the project as a whole. Ted Nash devised some very interesting parameters and compositional ideas along the way. In the Dali arrangement Nash uses a 13/8 time signature, big bass, great groove, then he has Marcus Printup (Trumpet) improvise a solo that Nash emulates in real time on the Saxophone -the effect is a doubling of the line, sounding like it's been processed (in the best sense of that word) with Chorus pedal-like modulation -but it's all natural, all acoustic. The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra under Marsalis can do just about anything it seems, their talent is so deep and on such a high level that they can juggle anything thrown at them. As for sound quality, outstanding! Marsalis has favored the long form Jazz composition and he has a few standouts in his discography - All Rise, Vitoria Suite, and Blood On The Fields (a must-own 3CD set). As for Portraits In Seven Shades, excellent! I may have to buy it just for the booklet.... Enjoy.


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