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Freakishly hot big band. Prepare to accompany on theremin.
Book of Rhapsodies is an ambitious concept album of reimaginings of the work of four composers from 1935-1942 whose work straddled the line between jazz and classical music: Alec Wilder, Charlie Shavers, Reginald Foresythe, and Raymond Scott. Their music was unclassifiable, strange, beautiful, adventurous, and innovative. The album features the 12-member Ghost Train Orchestra plus a 6-member choir.
Charlie's Prelude; Beethoven Riffs On; Volcanic (Eruption for Orchestra); Dance Man Buys A Farm; At an Arabian House Party; It's Silk. Feel it!; Dawn on the Desert; Happy Farmer; Revolt of the Yes Men; Children Met the Train; Her Old Man Was (at Times) Suspicious; Celebration on the Planet Mars.
Brian Carpenter: vocals, trumpet, slide trumpet; Andy Laster: flute, alto saxophone; Dennis Lichtman: clarinet; Petr Cancura: clarinet, tenor saxophone; Curtis Hasselbring: trombone; Ron Caswell: tuba; Mazz Swift: violin; Tanya Kalmanovitch: viola; Avi Bortnick: guitar; Michael Bates: double bass; Rob Garcia: drums; Brandon Seabrook: banjo (8); Matt Samolis: flute (9, 10); Book Of Rhapsodies Choir: Brian Carpneter: soprano; Yolanda Scott: soprano; Katie Seiler: mezzo soprano; Tomás Cruz: tenor; Mazz Swift : alto; Joe Chappell: bass.
November 7, 2013
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