“For two lengthy sets before a sizable and rapt house Saturday night, Chernicoff’s 8-piece group, playing without any amplification, explored the sound of beauty... the highly melodic and groove-based works were constantly changing and going somewhere. With a group of truly world-class players, it worked so well that it became difficult to tell where Chernicoff’s writing ended and the improv began. Andthe sound was, in a word, heavenly.”
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Featuring Pioneer Valley world music hero Tony Vacca on percussion
The Miniature Orchestra reunites in Greenfield, MA, in the Pioneer Valley. Old friends, new compositions.
Larry Chernicoff, vibraphone
Alfred Brewer, trombone
Lydia Chernicoff, violin
Don Davis, woodwinds
Jeff Link, bass
Peter Primamore, piano
Charlie Tokarz, woodwinds
Tomas Ulrich, cello
WHAT IS THIS MUSIC ??
The group sounds like a classical chamber ensemble that went over to the dark side. Clarinet, bass clarinet, trombone, violin and cello mixing it up with a jazz rhythm section. Oh, yeah, and saxophones. A rare opportunity to hear Tony Vacca as a drummer - no balophone!
Serious, deep and beautiful one moment, light-hearted and boppy a minute later. Eclectic. The approach combines jazz-flavored improvisation with extended compositional techniques
Almost all original compositions, except for a few unusual arrangements of 1950''s - 60's doo-wop classics.
The group plays without mikes, amps, or electric instruments - pure, organic health food music.
"You sit, you listen, and eventually you think: how did he ever come up with that? It left me with a sense that I had just listened to something truly new and distinct...a glorious experience.”
-- Jazz Improv Magazine
“... an impeccable synthesis of jazz, rock, classical, and world folk styles. Chernicoff enriches simple song structures with layers of counterpoint and intriguing instrumental colors.”
“Larry Chernicoff is making quiet history with his integration of chamber music and jazz improvisation.”
-- National Public Radio
“Every couple of years Chernicoff descends the Berkshire Mountains, assembles an ensemble of some of the best reed and string players in the business, and puts on a show that’s dignified, quiet, and unashamedly melodic and pretty”.
“For two lengthy sets before a sizable and rapt house Saturday night, Chernicoff’s 8-piece group, playing without any amplification, explored the sound of beauty... the highly melodic and groove-based works, were constantly changing and going somewhere. With a group of truly world-class players, it worked so well that it became difficult to tell where Chernicoff’s writing ended and the improv began. And the sound was, in a word, heavenly.”
“Warm and serene, [the music] rises into an assorted, shimmering chain of ideas and sounds…. snaps and taps itself into an enjoyable swing...it blossoms and sustains itself with charm and grace….a sophisticated, subtle offering... “
-- All About Jazz
“There are elements of world music, classical chamber music, and genre-bending improvisation here... he has his own individual style, and it’s a thorough delight. This SACD just won an award for “Best Made for Surround CD of the Year”… and certainly deserves it” ***** Five Stars
-- Audiophile Audition
“In its dynamic twists and turns, with surprises around every musical corner, Larry Chernicoff’s group, Windhorse -- a large, all-acoustic chamber ensemble or a miniature orchestra, depending on your perspective – offers shimmering, colorful music that boasts the dynamism of jazz and the dimensionality and proportions of classical music. It has a fresh, glistening organic quality.”
Larry Chernicoff has assembled a rather amazing group of musicians... the music is a cool blend of several genres, most prominently jazz in some of its basic structure with enough improvisational freedom to make it challenging to hear, and, no doubt, to perform. It resembles chamber music in some of its instrumental juxtapositions.
-- Berkshire Eagle