The Re-(w)Rite of Spring

Description: 
Le Sacre Redux 2.0
Composers: 
Igor Stravinsky
Darryl Brenzel
Performers: 
Mobtown Modern Big Band
Catalog Number: 
#824
Genre: 
Jazz
new classical
Collection: 
big band
Location: 

Baltimore, MD

UPC: 
726708682422
Price: 
$15.00
Release Date: 
Jul 31, 2012
Liner Notes: 
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Format: 
1 CD
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Song TitleTimePrice
1.Le sacre du printemps (the Rite of Spring) (arr. D. Brenzel): Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Introduction -04:15$0.99
2.Le sacre du printemps (the Rite of Spring) (arr. D. Brenzel): Part I: Adoration of the Earth: The Augurs of Spring - Dances of the Young Girls -05:58$0.99
3.Le sacre du printemps (the Rite of Spring) (arr. D. Brenzel): Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of Abduction -04:55$0.99
4.Le sacre du printemps (the Rite of Spring) (arr. D. Brenzel): Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Spring Rounds -06:33$0.99
5.Le sacre du printemps (the Rite of Spring) (arr. D. Brenzel): Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Ritual of the River Tribes -06:30$0.99
6.Le sacre du printemps (the Rite of Spring) (arr. D. Brenzel): Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Procession of the Sage -04:00$0.99
7.Le sacre du printemps (the Rite of Spring) (arr. D. Brenzel): Part I: Adoration of the Earth: The Sage -02:48$0.99
8.Le sacre du printemps (the Rite of Spring) (arr. D. Brenzel): Part I: Adoration of the Earth: Dance of the Earth03:41$0.99
9.Le sacre du printemps (the Rite of Spring) (arr. D. Brenzel): Part II: The Sacrifice: Introduction -04:04$0.99
10.Le sacre du printemps (the Rite of Spring) (arr. D. Brenzel): Part II: The Sacrifice: Mystic Circles of the Young Girls -05:33$0.99
11.Le sacre du printemps (the Rite of Spring) (arr. D. Brenzel): Part II: The Sacrifice: Glorification of the Chosen One -05:09$0.99
12.Le sacre du printemps (the Rite of Spring) (arr. D. Brenzel): Part II: The Sacrifice: Evocation of the Ancestors -03:40$0.99
13.Le sacre du printemps (the Rite of Spring) (arr. D. Brenzel): Part II: The Sacrifice: Ritual Action of the Ancestors -07:39$0.99
14.Le sacre du printemps (the Rite of Spring) (arr. D. Brenzel): Part II: The Sacrifice: Sacrificial Dance08:04$0.99

The Re-(w)Rite of Spring

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When Mobtown Modern Music Series curator Brian Sacawa invited Darryl Brenzel to adapt Igor Stravinsky’s radical orchestral ballet “The Rite of Spring” for a modern 17-piece jazz big band, no one really knew what was going to happen. There were, after all, riots at the piece’s 1913 Paris premiere. Fortunately, when Brenzel’s creation was unveiled at Baltimore’s Metro Gallery on May 12, 2010, the audience kept their seats in rapt attention, consumed by a work as boldly unconventional as Stravinsky’s original.

Brenzel — recently retired from the Army Jazz Ambassadors — tackled each of the original piece’s 14 sections as its own piece, building off Stravinsky’s original harmonies and melodic material but adapting them and creating space for improvisation by the band’s members, some of the finest instrumentalists in Baltimore/DC area. In Brenzel’s hands, the work stretched and grew. Moving fluidly from big band swing to Afro-Cuban grooves to flamenco rhythms and even down and gritty James Brown funk, the group covers a tremendous swath of large band styles, far beyond primeval Russia. There are echoes of Ellington, Mingus, Evans and Maria Schneider, even as Brenzel’s own unique voice asserts itself.

This recording of the Mobtown Modern Big Band’s performance almost didn’t make it into your hands. This was, after all, conceived as a performance, not a studio session. But once the tape was spun back, it was clear that the results of this magical evening were too good to only share with bandmembers. Innova Recordings is proud to present it in all its wild, boundary-hopping glory, a testament to the enduring strength of Stravinksy’s original, the flexibility and creativity of this rewrite, and the skill of the band itself in carrying it off.

Reviews: 

"Sounded great. Boy, those harmonies really worked well in the band. You did a fantastic job adapting it to jazz!"  
Maria Schneider 

"What a great job you did. It was a faithful, virtuoso, thoughtful rendering of the original."
John Dalley, violinist, The Guarneri Quartet

DMV CLASSICAL
"Brenzel's 'Re-write of Spring' cooks harder than Emeril on meth." [FULL ARTICLE]

BALTIMORE SUN
"Darryl Brenzel's jazz band version of Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring' got beyond the expected snap to create a whole new way of appreciating the grit and power of the original score. In the end, this turned out to be high-class jazz (and some rock), a brilliant combination of musical imagination, technical talent and chutzpah. And the Mobtown musicians were really smokin'."  
Tim Smith

"I just listened to ‘The Re-(w)Rite of Spring.’ It sounds great. Excellent writing, excellent playing and a great recording. It's really an amazing project and showcases your talent in a most powerful way. Live performance is where it's at! Congrats." —Ken Pullig, Chair of Jazz Composition, Berklee College of Music

BUFFALO NEWS
“Darryl Brenzel’s version reveals … how indebted jazz has always been to Stravinsky. It turns [Stravinsky] into stimulating music that clears big band jazz of so many of the wretched cliches that undermine it … [O]ne of the most apt jazz adaptations of a classical masterpiece you’re ever likely to hear.”
—Jeff Simon

CULTURE CATCH
“[R]ecalls the dense harmonies and thick textures of Bill Holman, though the shimmering introduction to the second section, ‘The Sacrifice,’ instead conjures thoughts of Gil Evans. … [A] very worthwhile pickup for jazz fans in the mood for something different.” [
FULL ARTICLE]
—Steve Holtje

JAZZ WEEKLY
“This highly successful execution is exemplified in ‘Dances of the Young Girls,’ which abounds in exciting drum work and some forward thinking guitar work by Steve Lesche. Likewise, Michael Johnston’s flugelhorn floats over the cascading harmonies on ‘Ritual Abduction’ like a kayak over Niagara Falls, while the boppish ‘Ritual of the Rival Tribes’ is as hip as you can get, with some nice sax work supplied by Paul White. Some James Brown funk ends the disc on ‘Sacrificial Dance’ demonstrating that once again, jazz is a verb as well as a noun. Highly impressive.” [FULL ARTICLE]
—George W. Harris