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A Music; That It Might Be... by Barney Childs

Barney Childs (1926-2000) was an American composer who studied under two of the greatest American composers of notated music, Aaron Copeland and Elliot Carter. This collection assembles his works for wind instruments (solo and in groups) circa 1958-90 -- many are quite beautiful, and none are ever less than fascinating. Written for a variety of wind instruments, the melody lines flow in an unpredictable manner, weaving around each other in ways that sound both contrapuntal and totally improvised. Phillip Rehfeldt (both solo/unaccompanied and multi-tracked) plays with a remarkable purity of tone and a gutsy, wailing presence worthy of Don Byron and Artie Shaw. Though his music is certainly "not" jazz per se, the shadows of jazz inhabit it, and the Childs’ compositions here would very-likely appeal to the same folks that enjoy Anthony Braxton (the oddly swingin' "The Golden Bubble" has an especially Braxtonian feel), Muhal Richard Abrams, James Newton, Ned Rothenberg and the late John Carter, jazz musician/composers whom also blur the so-called distinctions betwixt notated and improvised music.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Barney Childs
  • CD Title: A Music; That It Might Be...
  • Genre: Other
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: New World Records
  • Musicians: Phillip Rehfeldt: clarinet, bass clarinet, sax, oboe, bassoon, flute, sarrusophone; Ron George: percussion (track 9); Marco Schindelmann: reader (track 10).
  • Rating: Four Stars
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