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Brooks de Wetter-Smith offers an enjoyable, beautifully performed program of music for flute, whose common theme is a jazz spirit.

Music for flute and piano is very popular these days, not only for performers to study but for serious listeners who are drawn to the sensuous sounds of that instrument. American music for this combination is remarkably popular, if you just look at the record listings. This new release not only features two premiere recordings (the Schocker and Warner) but a particular theme common to all four: the influence of jazz. Each of the composers embraces this form from a remarkably different perspective. For one, it is the use of direct lyric and rhythmic quotes; another employs jazz "licks" to create an echo of jazz. Occasionally, subtle references to major jazz players are brought into the mix. Sometimes the choice is to retain the "sound and feel" of jazz while remaining entirely original. This recording is a voyage with jazz as the reference point. The joy of this recording is participating in this journey, encountering the humorous, introspective, reckless, poignant, eclectic and alluring personalities that inhabit the jazz spirit. (It's interesting to note that these composers were all born within the period that jazz had its strongest hold on the public-especially the late 1950's.)
Gary Schocker, composer
Brooks de Wetter-Smith, flute, Paul Tardif, piano

Mike Mower, composer
Opus di Jazz
Brooks de Wetter-Smith, flute, Paul Tardif, piano

Paul Schoenfield, composer
Four Souvenirs
Brooks de Wetter-Smith, flute, Paul Tardif, piano

Scott Warner, composer
Outside - In
Brooks de Wetter-Smith, flute, Paul Tardif, piano

"Awesome. ...The playing is remarkable, easily some of the best in recent memory." (American Record Guide)
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