A rare outing as bandleader for the talented session bassist who has worked with the likes of Jackie McLean, Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard. Originally released on Strata-East, one of the most consistently high-quality jazz labels of the 70's. "Sum of the Parts" ventures a little further into the realms of fusion and smooth jazz then most Strata-East titles, but the level of musicianship remains high throughout, thanks to a strong lineup that includes the unsung Sonny Fortune on sax and Grady Tate on drums. Solid.
Guitar player Mark Bogert (Knight Area, Penny's Twisted Flavour) releases his first solo album. Purely instrumental rock inspired by all his influences in pop, rock and metal. This album is a must for the fans of Joe Satriani or Steve Vai.
Terpsicore (HWV)(8b) is a prologue in the form of an opéra-ballet by George Frideric Handel. Handel composed it in 1734 for a revision of his opera Il pastor fido which had first been presented in 1712. The revision of Il pastor fido with Terpsicore as the prologue was first performed on 9 November 1734 at Covent Garden theatre in London, opening Handel's first season in that newly built theatre. Terpsicore mixes dance along with solo and choral singing and was patterned after models in French operas, a particular source being Les festes grecques et romaines by Louis Fuzelier and Colin de Blamont, first presented in Paris in 1723. The work featured the celebrated French dancer Marie Sallé as well as stars of Handel's Italian operas and was a success with audiences of the day.