City of Glass

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Tracklist

1.
Incident in Jazz
00:00
2.
Conflict
00:00
3.
Trajectories
00:00
4.
#3
00:00
5.
City of Glass - Part 1 The entrance skyscrapers
02:01
6.
City of Glass - Part 2 Dance at the Mirror
00:00
7.
City of Glass - part 3 Conclusion
00:00
8.
April in Paris
00:00
9.
Laura
00:00
10.
Thermopylae
00:00
11.
Mirage
00:00
12.
Untitled
01:59
13.
City of Glass II - Part 1 Entrance into the City - The Structures
05:13
14.
City of Glass II - Part 2 Dance before the Mirror
03:05
15.
City of Glass II - Part 3 Reflections
00:00

Description

Robert Frederick Graettinger was born in the small town of Ontario (California) in 1923. Little is known of his early musical experiences, except that he played the saxophone during his high school years. At the age of 17 he heard a series of performances by Stan Kenton in Hollywood, and at this time he showed them an arrangement which he had made. “The arrangements were amateurish, but ambitious. Stan encouraged the boy to keep writing, and forgot him”. (Straight Ahead, page 134) Six years later, Kenton again received an arrangement, Thermopylae, from Graettinger, and immediately hired him. He saw Graettinger as someone who would be able to help him achieve his goal of shaking off the dance-band image, opening the way to appearances in prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall…..

Additional information

Artists

Recording location

Vredenburg Utrecht, The Netherlands, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam

Mastering equiment

Sony digital Editor 3000

Mastering engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Mixing console

Rens Heijnis Custom made

Microphones

Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps

Recording notes

live recordings

Recording format

PCM 44.1

Analog to digital converter

dCS900

Recording date

June 1993

Editing

Bert van der Wolf

Composers

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Recording engineer

Bert van der Wolf

Producer

Ted Diehl

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Conductors

Digital to analog converter

Sony

Press reviews

Fono Forum

(…) einen ungeahnten Hhepunkt (…) (…) besonders sinnenfroh und musikalisch prickelnd (…) (…) Die Wiedergaben der Ebony Band, die sich u.a. schon mit der Wiederentdeckung des jung verstorbenen amerikanischen jazz-Klassikers Robert Graettinger profitiert hatte, sind ausgesprochen anregend und spannungsreich.

Gramophone

(…) This is a brave effort (…) (…) Schuller is a great pioneer in this kind of work (…)

Dissonanz

(…) so virtuos gespielt, macht diese Musik trotz gelegentlich ermdender Motorik und melodischer Stereotypien Spass. (…)

Volkskrant

(…) Graettingers composities hebben op cd niets van hun buitensporige karakter verloren (…) (…) is een waardig monument voor Robert Graettinger, een post-nucleaire autodidact met een huiveringwekkende fantasie.

The Denver Post

(…) Stan Kenton would have loved it! (….)

Klassiek

(…) De Ebony Band doet de verontrustende muziek van Graettinger herleven alsof ze gisteren gecomponeerd werd.

Washington Post

(…) The music sticks in your memory (…)

Volkskrant

(…) Nog zo’n hoogtepunt was de Ebony Band o.l.v. Werner Herbers. Krankzinnige bigband-muziek die met zijn verwrongen dissonanten, rare erupties, onlogische akkoordenopvolgingen en dichtgeplamuurde textuur niet snel gaat vervelen. (…)

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