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This is a Trip

Surprisingly enough the first time I heard about “City of Glass” was in the Blue Devils’ 2010 Show, entitled “Through a Glass Darkly.” I, like many other people who saw the show, was quite confused at the disarray of angular drill and chaotic sound. However, I felt like I was doing a disservice to the musical world by merely tossing the show into my mental trash can; I looked up the original music and found this.

Kenton did an original recording of Graettinger’s works, but I have a hard time listening to mono. Therefore I bought this album.

The opening statement is a fiery one, with screaming trumpet notes and clustered brass punches. From then, Graettinger basically takes you on a trip through hectic streets and twisted alleys, with dark figures hiding behind every corner. And that trip is a hectic one, with moments of rhythmic and tonal insanity.

While I completely admire the Ebony Band’s performance as well as Graettinger’s compositions, these are not what I would consider for my casual listening list. These works are heavy, somewhat demented, and bipolar at times. I find I respond most emotionally to tracks like City of Glass II: Part 3 when I’m at my most infuriated of states. Then it just works; it’s loud, it’s dissonant, and it cries out in agony. However, I prefer to be in a saner sate of mind for most of the time.

So I encourage people to try this album on for size, but don’t expect to be moved to tears or anything. It’s more along the lines of a walk through Camden–always interesting but somewhat grotesque.

City of Glass, Ebony Band
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: 1994

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