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Various Artists / Pine, Rachel Barton (Violin): Music By Black Composers
Album:Pine, Rachel Barton (Violin): Music By Black Composers Collection:Classical
Artist:Various Artists Added:04/2019
Label:Cedille Records 

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Add Date:2019-04-09 Pull Date:2019-06-11 Charts:Classical/Experimental
Week Ending:14 Apr
Airplays:1

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Album Review
Larry Koran
Reviewed 2019-04-04 
Pine performs a program of blues-influenced classical works for solo violin and violin and piano by Black composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Each track relates to early blues giants, but the pieces are not limited to conventional 12-bar blues progressions. Compositions include quotes of American fiddle tunes, gospel hymns and spirituals, boogie-woogie dance tunes, and in Roumain’s work, signal processing of electronic dance music. Pine has collected >900 works by >350 Black composers from the 18th-21st centuries and is making this material available online and in print (see musicbyblackcomposers.org). Baker’s work is a gospel-blues hybrid. Perkinson’s piece opens with shifts between major and minor keys; mvmt II is sad; mvmt III a jig. Still’s Suite is inspired by visual works; mvmt I opens majestically and then balances lyricism and rhythm; mvmt II expresses acceptance and comfort of mother and child; mvmt III conveys optimism and energy with boogie-woogie rhythms. Da Costa’s Dance Tunes are derived from an 1883 collection, and quote the tune before exploring rhythmic, register, and melodic changes. White’s Levee Dance is based on “Go Down Moses” and was one of violinist Jascha Heifetz’s favorite encores. Logan embellished Ellington’s dreamy love tune, inspired by Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, with a variety of 20th century experiments in concert music. White’s piece draws on blues improvisation and on compositional models of Bartók, Stravinsky, Ginastera and Thelonius Monk, melding upbeat blues, jazz and classicism. Wallen’s playful piece updates boogie-woogie to a rock ‘n’ roll feel. Childs’ work is a haunting, upsetting, and sad tone poem describing a police officer’s 2016 killing of a Black man in Minnesota. Brown’s song is gospel-blues inspired.

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.David N. Baker Blues (Deliver My Soul)
2.Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson Plain Blue/s
3.Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson Just Blue/s
4.Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson Jettin' Blue/s
5.Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson Louisiana Blues Strut (A Cakewalk) For Solo Violin
6.William Grant Still Suggested By Richmond Barthe's African Dancer
7.William Grant Still Suggested By Sargent Johnson's Mopther And Child
8.William Grant Still Suggested By Augusta Savage's Gamin
9.Noel Da Costa Walk Around Brudder Bones
10.Noel Da Costa Neumedia
11.Noel Da Costa Little Diamond/bird On The Wing Jigs
12.Noel Da Costa New Orleans Clog
13.Noel Da Costa New Orleans Clog Blues
14.Clarence Cameron White Levee Dance
15.Duke Ellington In A Sentimental Mood
16.Dolores White Blues Feeling
17.Dolores White Expressive
18.Dolores White Fast And Funky
19.Dolores White Moderately Fast
20.Errollyn Wallen Woogie Boogie
21.Billy Childs Incident On Larpenteur Avenue
22.Daniel Bernard Roumain Filter For Unaccompanied Violin
23.Charles S. Brown A Song Without Words