Hubert Laws – The Rite Of Spring (1971/2013)
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Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover | Genre: Jazz | © CTI Records
“The Rite of Spring” is an album by flautist Hubert Laws released on the CTI label featuring jazz interpretations of classical music compositions. The Allmusic review stating “Long before Wynton decided he could play classical chops as well as the real long-haired interpreters, even though he was a jazz musician, Hubert Laws and his partners at CTI gave it a run with a jazz twist, and for the most part with a far more adventurous repertoire”.
Long before Wynton decided he could play classical chops as well as the real long-haired interpreters, even though he was a jazz musician, Hubert Laws and his partners at CTI gave it a run with a jazz twist, and for the most part with a far more adventurous repertoire. Unfortunately, the results were just about as thrilling as Wynton’s, with a few notable exceptions. For whatever reason, flutist Hubert Laws, known for his soul-jazz deftness, decided to take on handful of classical texts with the help of Bob James on piano, harpsichord, and electric piano; bassist Ron Carter, who doubles on cello; and drummer Jack DeJohnette, along with percussionists Airto and David Friedman, a pair of classical guitarists, and a trio of bassoonists. The program ranges from Debussy’s lovely “Syrinx” and Faure’s “Pavane,” to Stravinsky on the title cut and two movements of the third Brandberg Concerto by Bach. The problem with so much variation and ambition is that it’s bound to get caught up somewhere. That catching place is in the articulation of the actual transcriptions. They are stiff, rigid, oddly intoned, and lackluster – except in Debussy’s “Syrinx,” which is gorgeous throughout with its strange meter and lilting cadence. On the rest, the only place the tunes work is in the sections where the players engage in jazz improvisation upon the score, which is a swirling, engaging free-for-all of color, texture, and nuance. But since this happens so irregularly, the pieces just seem to grate on the listener. This is a brave but ultimately failed experiment.
01 – Pavane
02 – The Rite Of Spring
03 – Syrinx
04 – Brandenburg Concerto No. 3: First Movement
05 – Brandenburg Concerto No. 3: Second Movement
Hubert Laws – flute
Wally Kane, Jane Taylor – bassoon
Bob James – piano, electric piano, electric harpsichord
Gene Bertoncini, Stuart Scharf – guitar
Ron Carter – bass
Jack DeJohnette – drums
Dave Friedman – vibraphone, percussion
Airto Moreira – percussion
Produced by Creed Taylor. Engineered by Rudy Van Gelder. Conducted & Arranged by Don Sebesky.
Recorded on June 8, 10 and 25, 1971 at Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.