Monday, October 19, 2009

Arvo Part, Dave Holland, Beyond the Pale: Playlist for The Open Window for October 19, 2009

The open window airs at (Kootenay Co-op Radio) at 6:30 am Mondays and 10 am Thursdays.

Arvo Pärt: Da Pacem Domine, Mein Weg, and Fur Lennart in Memoriam; Estonian National Chamber Choir and Talinn Chamber Orchestra conducted by Tonu Kaljuste from In Principio (ECM)

"I could compare my music to white light which contains all colours. Only a prism can divide the colours and make them appear. This prism could be the spirit of the listener."-- Arvo Pärt

Arvo Pärt (1935- ) has made ancient music relevant to modern times and has given certain 20th century minimalist sounds an ancient flavour and to that I say bravo. This is a new CD and beautiful.

Dave Holland: Candlelight Vigil, Jugglers Parade, and Down Time, from Prime Directive (ECM)

This is one of my favourite jazz albums. The ability of Dave Holland (bass), Chris Potter (saxophones), Robin Eubanks (trombone), Steve Nelson (vibes and marimba), and Billy Kilson (drums) to play separately yet together in inspiring and intricate and fresh ways seems infinite. When Dave Holland was a young man in the 1960's Miles Davis heard him in Ronny Scott's in London (Holland is British) and invited him to play with him immediately. So he is the bass player on groundbreaking work of Miles' including Bitches Brew and In a Silent Way. Now he's a respected elder and leader of a group of people half his age and they pretty much define jazz in the early part of this century.

Beyond the Pale: Split Decision, Doina, and Meditation from Postcards (Borealis)

Boundary-busting Euro-folk fusion someone called it—klezmer, Balkan, Romanian styles with North American influences. I like the meditative ones better than the burners, but it's all great.

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