For her first "Classical Album" the hyper-successful crossover violinist Vanessa-Mae has chosen to perform solid German repertoire-perhaps as a way of saying "my pop discs may have sold millions, but I can still cut the classical mustard". And cut it she mostly does, though not in the first item, Bach's Solo Partita No. 3 in E.
Nashville is a lifer’s town and Lillie Mae is a true music lifer, singing and playing on stages across America since she was but three years old. Her much-anticipated debut album, FOREVER AND THEN SOME, sees the Music City-based singer/ songwriter/multi-instrumentalist weaving classic country, bluegrass, and blues with her own extraordinary experiences to create a breathtaking song cycle of romance and struggle, solitude and adventure. Penned and performed with uncommon spirit and invention, songs like “Wash Me Clean” and the plaintive first single, “Over The Hill and Through The Woods,” stand out as snapshots of intimacies, encounters, and moments that matter, reverberating with earnest emotion and restless creative energy. Produced by Jack White III at Third Man Studio in Nashville, with GRAMMY® Award-nominated engineer Joshua V. Smith behind the board, FOREVER AND THEN SOME marks the long-awaited arrival of Lillie Mae as a genuine and gifted singer/songwriter, a bright new star that’s actually been here all along.
Dans un disque précédent, Exploration (2006), Dal Sasso, qui appartient à cette génération bénie née autour de 1968, exploitait l'héritage de Gil Evans et invitait en soliste un aîné, modèle légendaire d'intransigeance, le saxophoniste américain David Liebman. Créer des textures nouvelles qui jouent avec chaleur tantôt de dissonances doucement agressives (ainsi Morning Sound, où les flûtes ne craignent pas d'expressives faussetés), tantôt harmoniquement confortables (Rondo et Prétextes), où les cuivres et les anches enveloppent, telle est son ambition dans Prétextes.
Christophe Dal Sasso's fifth album as a leader opens an ambitious and original musical adventure in the form of three cycles of compositions inspired by the infinity of the cosmos and the different components of the universe. Devoted to the nebulae, this recording presents itself as the first part of a trilogy with evolutionary orchestration. At the frontiers of classical writing and the soul of jazz, this first cycle is based on the association of a jazz quintet and a string trio (violin, viola and cello).
The story goes that flautist/bandleader Christophe dal Sasso, in his tireless quest for new sonorities for his arranging tasks, absorbed the lessons of saxophonist Dave Liebman's treatise A Chromatic Approach to Jazz Harmony and Melody. Onstage some time later with a big band at Paris's Sunset nightclub, he applied those lessons to an arrangement of Woody Shaw's "Little Red Fantasy ; and who should be in the audience but Liebman himself, who hears something oddly familiar in the group's sound. Liebman would sit in with the band, thus beginning a collaboration whose fullest fruition is this disc.