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Cue Sheets II

Steve Beresford

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These beautiful and evocative cues were originally written for a series of films and television shows ranging from a black and white film on William Blake to a television show about fishing. Drawing from the jazz, classical, and European traditional music genres, these pieces are perfect in their crystalline brevity. Their shortness allows them to become charming little morsels of the style to which they are playing tribute without descending into mimicry or repetition. The stunningly talented musicians who were recruited for this project also do a lot to make it work well. Sax player Tony Coe, violinist Alex Balenescu, and percussionist Mark Sanders are among the musicians who anchor this project. They do an excellent job of keeping the energy high. Like the other albums in Tzadik's film music series, Cue Sheets manages to inject a dose of innovation into a genre that suffers both from shoddy work and a conservatism that strangles the creative voice.

Biography

Born: 1950 in Wellington, Shropshire, England

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Steve Beresford is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist in jazz and avant-garde music. In addition to his work as a composer and arranger, Beresford plays piano, trumpet, euphonium, low-grade electronics, bass guitar, and more. He began playing piano and studying classical music when he was seven years old, and at the age of 15 started studying orchestral music through the trumpet, to better prepare for reading music at a university level. While at York University, he played the Hammond B-3 organ...
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