CD Under Rousseau's Moon * (CD 912053),
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Under Rousseau's Moon *

  • 1. Moon Struck One, The
    2. Donna Lee
    3. Three Women
    4. Good Morning Anya
    5. Bass Solo
    6. Boplicity/Some Skunk Funk
    7. Sarah's Touch
    8. Percussion Solo
    9. Liberty City
    10. Three Views of a Secret
    11. Camel's Lament, The
    12. Moondreams
    13. Suninga
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4527

  • Credits
    ProducerJeff Levenson; Gil Goldstein
    EngineerSteve Remote

    Personnel: Gil Goldstein (accordion, piano); Richard Bona (vocals); Joyce Hammann (violin); Lois Martin (viola); David Eggar (cello); Chris Potter (bass clarinet, saxophone); Randy Brecker (trumpet); Mike Mainieri (vibraphone); Don Alias (percussion).
    Audio Mixer: Steven Remote.
    Liner Note Author: Gil Goldstein.
    Recording information: The Blue Note, NY (01/12/2006-01/13/2006).
    Author: Jeff Levenson.
    Photographer: John Abbott .
    Arrangers: Gil Evans; Jaco Pastorius; Gil Goldstein.
    Gil Goldstein has always been an adventurous musician testing boundaries, but this may be his most eclectic release. With a group that includes elements of straight-ahead and contemporary jazz (saxophonist Chris Potter, trumpeter Michael Brecker, vibraphonist Mike Maineri and electric bassist Richard Bona), plus the Zebra Coast String Trio, the keyboardist looks to break down barriers. Opening with a dramatic setting of Robbie Robertson's "The Moon Struck One," the band segues into a decidedly contemporary setting of Charlie Parker's "Donna Lee," though Bona's plodding bassline proves to be a handicap. Several tracks composed by the late Jaco Pastorious prove a bit uneven; the boisterous treatment of "Liberty City" works well, while the reggae-flavored "Good Morning Anya" quickly grows tiresome. The leader switches to accordion for his subdued ballad "The Camel's Lament," played unaccompanied. While this project may not please every listener all the way through, its ambitious scope and the strong efforts of the musicians involved make it an ear-opening experience worth revisiting. ~ Ken Dryden

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.58) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's Goldstein's orchestrations that predominate in this softly compelling music."
    JazzTimes (p.106) - "With mesmerizing solos, gorgeous ensemble interplay and ideas that weave seamlessly in and around one another..."
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