【Lew Soloff - Sketches Of Spain】(2010)

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By Takaaki Kondo, Tokyo Jazz Review

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Rating 4.5 stars (out of five) ★★★★☆


マンハッタン・ジャズ・クインテットで日本でも大人気のLew Soloffさん。14歳でトランペットと出会って以来、早くからルイ・アームストロングなどの一流ミュージシャンのレコーディングに参加。ジュリアード音楽院を卒業後、リーダーグループなどを多数務める。ブラッド・スウェット&ティアーズ、ギルエヴァンス・オーケストラなどの主要メンバーとして活躍。自己のリーダーズ・アルバムも多数。マンハッタン・ジャズ・クインテット(MJQ)、マンハッタン・ジャズ・オーケストラ(MJO)の一員として来日することも多く、そのハイテクニックなプレイにファンも多い。

で、このアルバムはちょうど半世紀前にリリースされたマイルス・デイヴィスの最高傑作のひとつ『スケッチ・オブ・スペイン』(1960)の完全リメイク作品。 「スケッチ・オブ・スペイン」のスコアを完全に再現していて、曲名、曲順まで同じ。そもそもは、ルー・ソロフさんとスティーヴン・リッチマン (ar.cond) によるニューヨークでのライヴ公演が大きな話題を呼んでCD化が待たれていたそうです。大編成のオーケストラを現在に再編成して、長期間のレコーディングを敢行。アドリブパートもありますが、ルーさんは原曲の雰囲気を損なわないようにプレイしています。

また最新鋭のレコーディング技術を用いたそうで(下記参照)、音質がとんでもなく良く、大音量で聴くとオリジナル版では気付かなかった音(内声)が聴き取れて、改めてGilのアレンジの凄さを体感できました。

こういう企画モノも、このように優れた題材を選べば良い物が創れるんだなと感心した次第です。

Highly Recommended!


(録音について)

ご存知Sheffield Labのオーディオファイル・リファレンス シリーズ CD。Sheffield社のCDは録音が非常によく20ビット+16ウルトラ・マトリックス・プロセシングによりウルトラ・アナログ・ベースド20ビットA/Dコンバーターのデジタル信号をCDエンコードするさいにノイズレベル以下のローレベル信号を15DBアップさせ、解像度を大幅に向上させています。かつては(現在も?)ダイレクトカッティングを行なっていたほど、音の鮮度にこだわるメーカーで、現在ではUltra-Matrix Processingという20 bitから16bitヘ変換する技術を使って、高音質を実現しています。オーディオの専門家が認めた高ダイナミックレンジと優れた位相特性、音の透明感はトップクラスで音楽の真髄を伝えます。

 

(Personnel)

Lew Soloff ルー・ソロフ(tp)

Steve Richman スティーブ・リッチマン(cond)

Harmonie Ensemble New York

ハーモニー・アンサンブル・ニューヨーク

Ed Joffe エド・ジョッフェ(fl)

Ralph Olsen ラルフ・オルセン(piccolo/clarinet)

Vincent Chancey ヴィンセント・チャンシー(fr-hr)

R.J. Kelley(fr-hr)

Doug Lyons ダグ・ライアンズ(fr-hr)

Kenny Rampton ケニー・ランプトン(tp)

Dominic Derasse ドミニク・デュラス(tp)

Joe Giorgianni ジョー・ジョルジアンニ(tp)

Marc Osterer マルク・オスタラー(tp)

Rick Heckman リック・ヘックマン(reeds)

Charles Pillow チャールズ・ピロウ(reeds)

Ron Jannelli ロン・ジェネリィ(reeds)

Mike Seltzer マイク・セルツァー(tb)

Earl McIntyre アール・マッキンタイアー(tb)

Marcus Rojas マーカス・ロジャス(tuba)

Stacy Shames ステイシー・シェイムス(harp)

Francois Mutin フランソワ・ムタン(b)

Jim Musto ジム・ムスト(ds)

Jon Haas ジョー・ハース(perc)

Erik Charlston エリック・チャールトン(perc/castenets)

(Recording Data)

Recording Engineer: Adam Abeshouse

Assistant Engineers: Bill Siegmund

Recorded at: Legacy Recording Studios, NY, May 21&25 2008

Mastering Editor: Adam Abeshouse

(Tracklistings)

1. Concert De Aranjuez アランフェス協奏曲 (J.Rodrigo)

2. Will O' The Wisp ウィル・オ・ザ・ウィスプ (M. De Falla)

3. The Pan Piper ザ・パン・パイパー (G. Evans)

4. Saeta サエタ (G. Evans)

5. Solea ソレア (G. Evans)

 

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Lew Soloff- Sketches Of Spain

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Review

 

Nine-time Grammy-winning solo artist and founding member of The Sometimes it feels as though trumpeter Miles Davis never left the stage—his afterlife in airplay, books, t-shirts, reissues and tributes is ubiquitous. But even for those jazz fans who would rather not languish in nostalgia, Davis, like saxophonist John Coltrane, continues to set a standard against which to gauge a whole range of jazz styles, from traditional through fusion to avant-garde. Cover versions of Davis typically pale by comparison with the originals and quickly disappear, though it doesn't stop the attempts from coming. For the occasion of the 30-year anniversary of Davis' Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1969), a number of Davis related releases have hit the street, including two from trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and one from keyboardist, arranger and bandleader Colin Towns. It's hard to imagine that anyone could have taken on a more structurally challenging project than to update Davis' Sketches Of Spain (Columbia, 1960)—and do it well. Trumpeter Lew Soloff and conductor Steve Richman have not only stepped up to that plate, they have produced a work that breathes new life into the original. The original Sketches Of Spain is considered a classic due to its scope, and the talents associated with the project, rather than the superiority of the material or the production. It is not the best work from either Davis or arranger Gil Evans and was not as widely popular as Davis' earlier work or his later reinventions. In some respects, the Soloff / Richman version is remarkably similar. Each of the five pieces in the new recording plays within seconds of the original track length. Richman's arrangements, while adding some additional texture and shading, are ultimately respectful of the Evans approach. However, there are notable differences between the versions as well. Richman conducts the 19-piece Harmonie Ensemble New York—a downsizing from the 27-piece Evans orchestra. The effect is that the sound is now cleaner and more focused. The jazz element is not at war with a symphony as is sometimes the case in the original, and the result is that the Soloff improvisations retain more continuity with the larger group . The first of the two benchmark pieces in the collection is "Concierto de Aranjuez," composed in 1939 and the most well known of Joaquin Rodrigo's classical compositions. It is the central movement from this work that opens the first 16-plus minutes of the collection. The point of differentiation between the two versions is in the quality of sound, not necessarily just from an engineering perspective, but from the depth and tonality of the playing. Soloff plays muted trumpet on the piece whereas Davis's version was played on a flugelhorn with a Harmon mute. Soloff's is a more direct voice with longer, more fluid notes and a deep resonant feeling. The great bassist Francois Moutin supplies more than a placeholder of jazz structure as in the Paul Chambers original. Moutin's improvisation adds support directly to Soloff, making the jazz component of the composition that much stronger. The closing piece, the 12 minute Evans composition, "Solea," is a powerful rendition of the original. Soloff's Latin flavored solo is imposing and opens into the ensemble's slowly building roll. Moutin's rhythmic pulse unifies the piece, carrying it back and forth from the discreet to outright fanfare and setting the stage for a second strongly improvised Soloff solo. Side-by-side comparisons tend to negate the matter of artistic choice, but they are inevitable when so many elements are shared by two versions of the same work. Suffice to say that the Soloff—Richman version of Sketches Of Spain stands on its own merits as an outstanding work in the niche of symphonic jazz. While much credit goes to Richman's vision, it is Soloff's improvisational skills that step into sacred ground and enhance the original without deconstructing it entirely. Lew Soloff has long had his place in the highest echelon of trumpeters. His experiences have included a long stint with an early formation of Blood, Sweat & Tears, a group that like the original Chicago Transit Authority, were pioneers in jazz-rock (as opposed to fusion). Soloff has also been a mainstay with the Gil Evans Orchestra during and after Evans' own presence, and a regular with the larger Carla Bley ensembles. He has here successfully brought his cross-genre experience and virtuosic talent to a project that required nothing less. 
By KARL ACKERMANN, All About Jazz

"...will hold you spellbound for the entire 41 minutes, no doubt! Fantastic...you will be entranced...a truly magical experience! I give this my MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating."
-Improvijazzation Nation Magazine