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Chihara, Paul / Take The A Train
Album:Take The A Train Collection:Classical
Artist:Chihara, Paul Added:09/2017
Label:Bridge 

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Add Date:2017-09-14 Pull Date:2017-11-16 Charts:Classical/Experimental
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Album Review
Tom McCarter
Reviewed 2017-09-08 
Reviewed: 2017-09-08
Genre: Classical
FCCs: none

Review: Chihara employs several approaches in this collection, each equally fascinating. Contemporary works for mixed ensembles, solo, abstract, and often witty. The Bagatelles are a series of short solo piano pieces which are meant to be played as a set, but are listed as individual tracks, and are a sort of homage to Bartok. The same is true of the String Trio tracks. The Ellington Fantasy can also be played as a set or individually. One can easily imagine the Duke composing for orchestra instead of a big jazz band.
Track Review (favorites denoted by *): 1/ String Trio (1) - strings start slow & swing uptempo like a train> cellos kick in slow> slow fade 2/String Trio (2) - slow strings slide along> spacey interlude & fade *3/ String Trio (3) - slow tempo violin solo slides into uptempo combo like horses running, then slows to slow tempo again> gorgeous melody> then swings uptempo again & stops (review continues inside jacket)

*4/ Bagatelle (1) - solo piano> lilting & lovely> slow tempo> ends on a trill 5/ Bagatelle (2) - piano solo intersperses heavy notes with runs> quick stop *6/ Bagatelle (3) - solo piano> quick runs at midtempo> quick stop 7/ Bagatelle (4) solo piano> stately & slow> stop 8/ Bagatelle (5) - solo piano> midtempo with heavy runs> quick stop 9/ Bagatelle (6) - solo piano> heavy & prancing> quick stop *10/ Bagatelle (7) - piano solo> light like a ballerina> quick stop 11/ Bagatelle (8) piano solo> slow & flowing> quick fade 12/ Bagatelle (9) - heavy notes ballerina> quick stop *13/ Bagatelle (10) - solo piano> midtempo> light & prancing> slows to stop *14/ Bagatelle (11) - midtempo light & airy> quick stop *15/ Bagatelle (12) - solo piano. fast runs like mice running across the floor> quick stop 16/ Bagatelle (13) - solo piano> slow & flowing like a soundtrack for a river> quick stop 17/ Bagatelle *(14) - solo piano> slow tempo swings to uptempo & back> fade 18/The Girl from Yerevan -guitar starts> slow & beautiful> strings join & slowly build to uptempo with gorgeous interplay & slow again> false stop> guitar stats> slow tempo with stings joining> melodies shift with tempo staying on the slow course> quick shift uptempo @ 9:48> full tilt trio jam> mellows & then swings uptempo> quick stop *19/ Ellington Fantasy (1) - violins start> midtempo> quick stop *20/ Ellington Fantasy (2) - violins start> slow tempo, beautiful & pastoral> fade *21/ Ellington Fantasy (3) - violin starts> uptempo & swinging> quick stop

Track Listing
1.String Trio (1) 11.Bagatelle (8)
2.String Trio (2) 12.Bagatelle (9)
3.String Trio (3) 13.Bagatelle (10)
4.Bagatelle (1) 14.Bagatelle (11)
5.Bagatelle (2) 15.Bagatelle (12)
6.Bagatelle (3) 16.Bagatelle (13)
7.Bagatelle (4) 17.Bagatelle (14)
8.Bagatelle (5) 18.The Girl From Yerevan
9.Bagatelle (6) 19.Ellinton Fantasy (1)
10.Bagatelle (7) 20.Ellinton Fantasy (2)
 21.Ellinton Fantasy (3)