Study in African Jazz 3

Study in African Jazz 3

Remember The Waltz Project? It was a 1981 record on Nonesuch (in the pre-Bob Hurwitz days) that grew out of a collection of waltzes by 25 contemporary composers published by CF Peters that put Philip Glass and Milton Babbitt on the same program years before there ever was a Bang on a Can Festival. That still-exciting LP (which has yet to make it to CD) now has a sequel in Eric Moe’s collection The Waltz Project Revisited. Mixing some of that LP’s highlights—yes both Glass and Babbitt are reprised here—in equally exciting performances by Moe with some brand new ones composed in 2002. I love how Akin Euba’s mix of Africa and Vienna turns into virtual Satie.

—FJO

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