Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Suite For Flute And Jazz Piano Trio-Symphonic Arrangement - Steve Barta, arranger; Hubert Laws, flute

530. That's the number of weeks that Claude Bolling's original version of this suite stayed on the charts at Billboard magazine. It was, in 1975, something fresh and invigorating. A cordial meeting of jazz and classical called "crossover". Well, for the present day, Steve Barta has re-arranged the suite for jazz quartet, string quartet and orchestra. The obvious choice for the flute work was Hubert Laws. His masterful sound is complemented by pianist Jeffrey Biegel and others well suited to the task. Even if you're not familiar with the original recording (now over thirty years old), you'll enjoy Claude Bolling's classical notions in a vital jazz setting. This is beautiful music to be savored and enjoyed.
Steve Barta Music; 2016; appx. 40 min.

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