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Album Review

With the master's 80th birthday in mind, the Turtle Islanders pay their respects to the repertoire of the mighty Trane, adding their own custom-built tribute, "Model Train" — which has a modal structure much like that of "Impressions" — and a pair of numbers associated with John McLaughlin. As the album's centerpiece, "A Love Supreme" — all four movements of it — carries the biggest burden of expectations, and the TISQ tries to steer clear of direct comparisons, taking off on their own flights and structures after refreshing the memory with Coltrane's themes. The way the TISQ sees it, "Acknowledgment" sounds a lot like a meandering Terry Riley string quartet, while "Resolution" is more-or-less straight-ahead, and "Pursuance" briefly pursues the history of jazz violin. Only "Psalm" takes Coltrane on directly, gallantly, but with barely a fraction of their hero's spiritual fervor. Elsewhere, "Countdown" transfers the essence of Coltrane's actual solo to the violin, a virtuosic feat that Evan Price nails with apparent ease. Of all the tunes here, "Naima" would seem to be the best fit for a string quartet — they had already recorded it before on their Metropolis album — and so it is again in 2006. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Customer Reviews

artistic fresh brillant

if you love coltrane this a greatly unexspected pleasure for the ears

viOla88

omigosh omigosh omigosh, the dynamics in this is amazing. i watched a video of them playing this.....it was AMAZING!!! i play viola and i couldn't imagine such string crossings. i'm going to ask my strings instrutor if he can play that. gosh!!!! i LOVE it. i recomend it to ALL you string players out there.

Incredible musicmakers are satisfying for anyone.

Whether you like Coltrane (or jazz at all, for that matter) or classical, the Turtle Island String Quartet brings out the best of all music in general, and it is easy to tell that they know exactly what they're doing. Played at the best of any string ensemble's ability, this album definitely deserves a five-star rating and I would recommend this to anyone.

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