Kechley, David / Sea Of Stones
Album: Sea Of Stones   Collection:Classical
Artist:Kechley, David   Added:Sep 2016
Label:Innova Recordings  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2016-10-04 Pull Date: 2016-12-04 Charts: Classical/Experimental
Week Ending: Nov 27 Oct 9
Airplays: 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Nov 26, 2016: Music Casserole
Sea Of Stones:Arrival
2. Oct 08, 2016: Music Casserole
Points Of Departure: I. Prologue And Dramatic Exposition

Album Review
Be Sharp
Reviewed 2016-09-29

David Kechley composes for the unusual combination of classical guitar and saxophone. These pieces are avant garde but quite listenable, with Japanese (Zen garden) allusions.

All instrumental. No FCC issues.

“Points of Departure: Five pieces for guitar & saxophone” Each may be played alone.
1 ** Very slow. Arpeggios & brass bells. Lovely melody on soprano sax. Quiet fade. (5:40)
2 ** Mid-tempo. Guitar & sax scurry around in short, halting phrases. Staccato fun. (2:41)
3 Three sections. Slow & quiet, mostly sax. Slightly faster, lyrical. Very slow, sad. (4:16)
4 * Fast. Energetic & very lively. Bouncy sax over hard strummed chords. (3:48)
5 Slow. A recap of #1: arpeggios & brass bells again; repeated themes; quiet fade. (3:11)

6 “Bounce” Fast. Melodic motif played over & over, extended, developed. Mostly hectic, but with some lyrical breaks. Sax leads mostly, with guitarist playing chords. (14:30)

“Sea of Stones: Concerto for guitar & sax” (& orchestra). Flows together with no breaks.
7 Drums open. Sax states a theme. Melodies are punctuated by stings & percussion. (4:09)
8 * Slow at first. Flute flutters through. Horns, oboe join the sax. Gets louder, faster. (3:24)
9 ** Mid-tempo. The full orch now: many voices, many themes. Beautiful. Fades. (2:02)
10 Attempts at lyric melody are interrupted by harsh, staccato blasts. Uncomfortable. (2:23)
11 * Soft. Lovely guitar answered by flute, sax. Pastoral. Drums & horns flow to 12. (4:56)
12 Fast. Trumpets call. Tutti. Sax & guitar re-emerge, as do the drums from the open. (3:34)
13 Quiet & peaceful. Shimmering ambiance rather than melody. Long decrescendo. (2:28)

Track Listing
1. Points Of Departure: I. Prologue And Dramatic Exposition   7. Sea Of Stones: Awakening
2. Points Of Departure: Ii. Quirky   8. Sea Of Stones:Dances And Reflections
3. Points Of Departure: Iii. Chorale, Cadenza And Slow Dance   9. Sea Of Stones:Arrival
4. Points Of Departure: Iv. Relentless   10. Sea Of Stones:Dark Dream
5. Points Of Departure: V. Epilogue And Lyric Recapitulation   11. Sea Of Stones:Returning
6. Bounce: Inventions, Interludes, And Intersections   12. Sea Of Stones:Last Light