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Uri Caine – Introducing Uri Caine – Shortlist 1992-2015 (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Uri Caine – Introducing Uri Caine – Shortlist 1992-2015 (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:07:15 minutes | 694 MB | Genre: Jazz
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The introduction of important recording works by the exceptional musician and composer Uri Caine: Uri Caine is one of the few artists who is at home in jazz clubs, in classical concert halls and at the opera. Caine is a knowledgeable great master of both serious and light music. His artistic creativity and joy of experimentation seem to be boundless. He reworks the repertoire of the Tin Pan Alley and from the Great American Songbook. Through his interpretations do not only Johann Sebastian Bach and Giuseppe Verdi sound unexpectedly new but also George Gershwin and not to forget Gustav Mahler. He interprets, adapts, arranges and carries on the music of Mahler. The sensitive and deep bow of the New York jazz musician Uri Caine to the great classical composers offers profound insights. Throughout the decades Caine has preserved his original style and singular sound language. However that shows only one side of this unique and most impressive artist. He is not only the master of adaptation, he is also a great composer and one of the greatest living jazz musicians of our time. The »Shortlist« presents highlights from the years 1992 – 2015. Uri Caine unites jazz, Latin, popular, classical and Jewish music to a unique work of art.

The title „This is a Thing Called Love“ with Uri Caine on the piano, Kenny Davis on bass and Ralph Peterson on drums stems from Uri Caine’s debut album »Sphere Music«. This album, besides Jean-Paul Bourelly, Steve Coleman, Greg Osby, Hank Roberts and Cassandra Wilson, belongs to the very first recordings which Stefan Winter produced for JMT in the 80s and 90s. On the second album »Toys« Caine for the first time incorporates in the composition „Yellow Stars in Heaven“ musical elements of Gustav Mahler; this recording builds the foundation stone for many more adaptations to come. Caine opens a new chapter in music history. He combines features of classical composition with jazz, he unveils the hidden in Gustav Mahler’s music and puts these findings together to a new whole. He reworks and arranges for new lineups, opens the doors for improvisation and dares to follow so far unexplored avenues. His venture becomes a success. The „Adagietto“ from Mahler’s Fifth, recorded in his summer residence Toblach, where Mahler worked in his composer’s hut, belongs to the master works of Uri Caine. But also the exploration of Johann Sebastian Bach’s „Goldberg Variations“ shakes up the musical world. Caine takes Bach’s harmonies and roams with completely new variations in the most different arrangements und sound creations through the centuries. The »Shortlist 1992 – 2015«, selected by Stefan Winter, opens with the Goldberg motive; the first variation, by the interaction of Uri Caine and violist Vittorio Ghielmi, shows already a new direction. With “Variation 5 [+8]” the boundaries between classical music, jazz, electronic music and drum ‚n’ bass fall and Uri Caine, Zach Danziger and Tim Lefebvre surprise with new sounds. However Caine is also a superb pianist, on this album his interpretations of George Gershwin’s “How long has this been going on” and of the Beatles classic „Blackbird” are presented.

Besides adaptations of Giuseppe Verdi’s „Drinking Song“ from Otello and the Robert Schumann Lied „Im wunderschönen Monat Mai“ with the singer Mark Ledford, who sadly died much too early, Caine also introduces an accomplished combination of Bach and Gospel. Caine’s work tackles the musical worlds of baroque, classical, romantic and jazz music including contemporary music as well. He opens prospects, invites to an exciting dialogue between jazz and classical music.

»Introducing Uri Caine« allows insights into the diverse, thrilling, humorous and highly interesting creative period of composer and jazz musician Uri Caine between 1992 and 2015. This album offers the possibility to meet one of the great musicians of our time. Uri Caine embodies a game without limits.


01. The Goldberg Variations: Aria (1:48)
02. The Goldberg Variations: Variation 1 (1:06)
03. The Goldberg Variations: Variation 5 (+8) (1:31)
04. How Long Has This Been Going On (6:08)
05. Drinking Song (4:25)
06. This Is a Thing Called Love (7:13)
07. The Goldberg Variations: The Contrapunto Variation (4:29)
08. Blackbird (6:06)
09. Strom’s Theremin (5:23)
10. Im Wunderschönen Monat Mai (2:28)
11. Only Love Beauty (2:59)
12. Yellow Stars in Heaven (9:09)
13. Introduction to Symphony No 5 (1:53)
14. Symphony No. 5 Adagietto (12:43)


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