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Reviews: Larry Chernicoff: October

Reviews: 2

Review by bruser April 18, 2005 (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
A sublime performance of chamber jazz/classical music that draws the listener into the band's hypnotic vibe. Chernicoff and his cohorts improvise from various modal scales to create a totally unique fabric of sound that emerges as one unified composition. This recording won the "Best Made for Surround Title" award at the 2004 Surround Music Awards, and it's not hard to hear why. The sumptous mix features a huge soundstage, capturing instruments in space as well as any I've heard. Instruments are placed along the side of the listening area as well as discretely in all channels. The enormity of the soundstage creates an interesting contrast, since this is the type of music you normally listen to in a small, intimate setting. The resulting musical textures are stark and beautiful, but still involving and interesting. I really enjoyed the liner notes, where Chernicoff explains the genesis and development of each song -a nice feature since he has been performing many of these tunes for several years. Highly recommended.

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Review by csuzor June 2, 2005 (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:  
While the multichannel mix is excellent (the artists are all around you), I am a little dissapointed with the music content itself. There are few melodious pieces in any of the music, it's an experimental mix of sounds and improvisations, virtually no rythm, nothing grandiose (it's not mediocre either), nothing to keep in my head after hearing it. Perhaps it was just too complex for me to understand.

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