Cooperstown: A Jazz Opera in Nine Innings
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Matson has hit a home run with his opera about baseball!

This recording is a revised version of Cooperstown, originally released in 2015 and was named record of the month by Stereophile. The libretto is based on an essay by A. Bartlett Giamatti titled The Green Fields of the Mind. Composer Sasha Matson says that "Baseball has its own specific historical musical attributes. One of them is the sound of the stadium organ. That sound led me quickly to scoring the music for a Miles jazz quintet. Matson added a vocal cast of five for this one act, nine scene jazz opera. A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory and UCLA, Matson has scored music for feature films and other multi-media in addition to his own compositional work.
Sasha Matson, composer
Cooperstown: A Jazz Opera in Nine Innings
Julie Adams (soprano); Carin Gilfry (mezzo-soprano); Daniel Montenegro (tenor); Daniel Favela (tenor); Rod Gilfry (baritone); Gernot Bernroider (drums); Russ Johnson (trumpet); Rich Mollin (bass); Jason Rigby (saxophone); Sean Wayland (piano); Sasha Matson (conductor)

"…This release is a very enjoyable listening experience—a skillful blend of jazz and opera (perhaps Broadway theater is a more apt description). Excellent instrumental and vocal performances combined with very good sound quality.…" (Positive Feedback)