Monday, April 22, 2013

It's been a long weekend.  Not quite a catch-up, but hopefully back on schedule...

Claude Bolling, Yo-Yo Ma
"Suite for Cello & Jazz Trio" (Vinyl)

This recording, along with Bolling's suite for jazz flute (with Jean Pierre-Rampal) was a huge seller in the early 80's. I've seen countless copies of this album at thrift stores over the years.  I'm not sure why it isn't a more popular album today, especially considering Yo-Yo Ma's enduring popularity.

Actually, this is an important album to look at considering Ma's exceptionally wide influence and interest in different musical genres.  In the subsequent decades Ma would go on to release albums of jazz, bluegrass, tango and world music that made him the most recognizable figure in classical music.

Regarding this album specifically: the album is recorded well; the piano cello parts are well balanced and mixed with the beautifully recorded jazz combo that swings in and out of participation.  I rather like the piece.

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