|Weiss, Dan / Sixteen: Drummers Suite|
|Add Date:||2016-06-06|| ||Pull Date:||2016-08-08|| ||Charts:||Jazz|
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Following Weiss’s 2014 release, “Fourteen,” this one likewise is named for the size of the big ensemble (now 16 players, up from 14) including keys, guitar, horns, harp, and 3 female voices. There’s a concept to this work: each composition is based upon the work of a famous jazz drummer (see liner notes for the details). Wordless vocals.
No FCC issues.
1 Drum solo intro. Flows right into #2. (0:56)
2 Slow. Bass & cymbals open softly; piano & flute join for a bit; there’s a drum solo; then it’s complex with horns, vocals, clapping, etc. Gets sorta Star Trek at the end. (3:59)
3 * Mid-tempo. Electronics, choral singing, intermittent drums, much weirdness. More interesting than the last. (5:04)
4 * Mid-fast. Acoustic bass solo starts, joined by piano. Vocals & dissonant horns get wild. There’s a little electric guitar lick. A pretty piano solo has the final full minute. (7:11)
5 * Slow. Tabla solo. Horns, electronics & vocals. Like an eerie movie soundtrack. (9:22)
6 Mid-slow. Features the female voices, synth, trombone, flute, harp, and piano. (7:21)
7 ** Mid-slow. Tenor sax starts. Over 15 min, we get treated to some of everything. If you can deal with the length, this is the most compelling & satisfying piece. (15:17)