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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:Apr 2019
Label:Cedille Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2019-04-09 Pull Date:2019-06-11 Charts:Classical/Experimental
Week Ending:Jun 2May 12May 5Apr 14

 Recent Airplay
1.Sep 21, 2020:Mixed Up Class
Baker: Blues (Deliver my soul)
4.May 02, 2019:the cacophony hour
Plain Blue/s, New Orleans Clog, Suggested By Augusta Savage\'s Gamin
2.May 28, 2019:Clean Copper Radio & Hot Topics
Incident On Larpenteur Avenue
5.Apr 13, 2019:Music Casserole
Blues Feeling
3.May 06, 2019:Mixed Up Class
Still: Suite for violin and piano

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. BakerBlues (Deliver My Soul)
2.Coleridge-Taylor PerkinsonPlain Blue/s
3.Coleridge-Taylor PerkinsonJust Blue/s
4.Coleridge-Taylor PerkinsonJettin' Blue/s
5.Coleridge-Taylor PerkinsonLouisiana Blues Strut (A Cakewalk) For Solo Violin
6.William Grant StillSuggested By Richmond Barthe's African Dancer
7.William Grant StillSuggested By Sargent Johnson's Mopther And Child
8.William Grant StillSuggested By Augusta Savage's Gamin
9.Noel Da CostaWalk Around Brudder Bones
10.Noel Da CostaNeumedia
11.Noel Da CostaLittle Diamond/bird On The Wing Jigs
12.Noel Da CostaNew Orleans Clog
13.Noel Da CostaNew Orleans Clog Blues
14.Clarence Cameron WhiteLevee Dance
15.Duke EllingtonIn A Sentimental Mood
16.Dolores WhiteBlues Feeling
17.Dolores WhiteExpressive
18.Dolores WhiteFast And Funky
19.Dolores WhiteModerately Fast
20.Errollyn WallenWoogie Boogie
21.Billy ChildsIncident On Larpenteur Avenue
22.Daniel Bernard RoumainFilter For Unaccompanied Violin
23.Charles S. BrownA Song Without Words