New York School
Street Date: March 29th, 2005
Playscape Recordings PSR#J041504
Tom Christensen, tenor and soprano saxophones, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto flute and wood flute; Walt Weiskopf, tenor and soprano saxophones, flute, clarinet, and bass clarinet; Kermit Driscoll, bass; Satoshi Takeishi, percussion
Critics called Tom Christensen's 2002 Playscape debut, Paths (PSR#J111601), "smart and inviting" (AllAboutJazz.com), "a remarkably varied, original, and arresting work" (Boston Globe), and "an artistic endeavor of the highest order" (Saxophone Journal). "By the end of the day," wrote All Music Guide reviewer Glenn Astarita, "it becomes outwardly apparent that Christensen possesses the goods to be a major force within the global modern jazz arena." His second Playscape release, and third overall, finds the multi-instrumentalist/composer drawing inspiration from the intermingling poetry and artwork of the so-called New York School. Seven new original compositions add a musical dimension to the work of poets Frank O'Hara and Kenneth Koch and painters Grace Hartigan, Jasper Johns and Jackson Pollack.
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