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CD Review: Burgstaller Martignon 4

Contributors: Wilbert Sostre
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  • Genre: Jazz - Classical
  • Personnel:
    Musicians: Joe Burgstaller - trumpet, flugelhorn, Hector Martignon - piano, Hans Glawischnig - bass, John Ferrari - drums, vibraphone, percussion, Brenda Feliciano - soprano voice, Samuel Torres - latin percussion, Micheal Kannen - cello
  • Tracks:
    Tracks: The River of Night, Praeludium XI in F major, Ebarme Dich, Aria, Variation No. 1, Gymnopedie No.1, Piece en Forme de Habanera, Lieder Ohne Worte Opus 19 No.1, Lieder Ohne Worte Opus 38 No.2, E Lucevan Le Stelle, Reverie

Burgstaller Martignon project Bach's Secret Files is based on the premise that jazz was the classical music of the twentieth century. Both music forms are based on theme and variation. Early in the history of jazz, classical composers (Ravel, Debussy, Rachmaninoff) showed interest in jazz music. And more recently jazz musicians like Wynton Marsalis recorded classical music. Contrary to classical music, jazz evolved into a freer, improvise music. But the concept of improvisation is not a jazz invention, classical composers like Bach, Bramhs, Mozart and Chopin were also accomplished improvisers.

"River of the Night" is a Burgstaller original melody played over Bach's Praeludium in C minor. The piece start with a classical feel reminiscent of Miles Davis interpretation of Concierto de Aranjuez that slowly changes into a latin groove. "A Start to Something" is an interpretation of Praeludium XI in F major. The feel here is that of jazz waltz similar to Brubeck's Time Out. "Ebarme Dich Have Mercy) from Bach's St. Matthew's Passion includes the sublime voice of soprano Brenda Feliciano. The piece ends with a montuno-like piano.

The latin influence on these musicians as shown in "Variation No. 1", a short classical piece played over cuban son rhythms, and Debussy "Reverie", starting closer to the classical tradition before erupting into a piano montuno, is not really a surprise if one knows their history. Grammy nominee pianist Hector Martignon worked with latin legends Ray Barretto, Tito Puente and Paquito D'Rivera. Bassist Hans Glawischnig played with Chick Corea and Ray Barretto.

Burgstaller tone on trumpet is gorgeous and expressive especially on the almost lullaby "Gymnopedie No.1" and "Piece en Forme de Habanera". The virtuosity of these group of musicians allows them to played with comfort either jazz, latin jazz or classical.

Mendelssohn's "Lieder Ohne Worte Opus 19, No.1" and "Lieder Ohne Worte Opus 38 No. 2" and Puccini's "E Lucevan Le Stelle" from the Opera Tosca, demonstrates Burgstaller Martignon group mastery of the classical language. Bach's Secret Files is a superb marriage of jazz and classical music.

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