Episode #3449

Virtuosic Works for Winds and Piano

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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

For this New Sounds, sample virtuoso works for piano and/or saxophone, including music from a set of duets by saxophonist Charles Lloyd and pianist Jason Moran. Composed by Lloyd and dedicated to his great-great-grandmother, who was taken from her home in south Mississippi at age 10 and sold to a slave-owner in Tennessee, the suite of pieces is something of a meditation about her life - the loss of her family, loneliness, dreams, sorrow, and songs to her newborn children.  It's eloquent, thorny, and heartfelt.

Also, listen to an astonishing work from Colin Stetson and his latest record, New History Warfare, Vol. 3 – To See More Light.  Stetson can create the sound of several instruments without any looping or delays – sounds like voice, organ, percussion – with just one guy, live in a room with a saxophone.  There’s also an equally virtuosic piece for flute by Robert Dick and music from the late Dutch composer Simeon Ten Holt.  And more.

PROGRAM #3449, Virtuosic Works for Winds and Piano  (First aired on 4/2/2013)                                       





Colin Stetson

New History Warfare, Vol. 3 – To See More Light

High Above a Grey Green Sea, excerpt [1:00]

Constellation Records CST 092

Charles Lloyd & Jason Moran

Hagar's Song

Lloyd: Dreams Of White Bluff (Hagar Suite) [9:45]

ECM 2311

Dickie Landry

15 Saxophones

15 Saxophones, excerpt [2:15]

Unseen Worlds UW 06

Colin Stetson

New History Warfare, Vol. 3 – To See More Light

High Above a Grey Green Sea [4:25]

Constellation Records CST 092

Jeroen van Veen, piano

Simeon Ten Holt: Solo Piano Music Vol. 1-5

Canto Ostinato, Sections 1-19 [14:52]

Brilliant Classics 9434 5 CD box
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Robert Dick

Live, WNYC Fall 2008

Flames Must Not Encircle Sides [4:28]

This performance not commercially available.  His website is:

Charles Lloyd & Jason Moran

Hagar's Song

Lloyd: Journey Up River (Hagar Suite) [6:21]

See above.


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