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Red Hot + Bach - Cello Suite No. 1 is KCRW - Today's Top Tune

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Red Hot + Bach from Sony Music Masterworks charts a new pathway into the musical universe of Johann Sebastian Bach. Through the collaboration of performers, producers, DJs and artists from around the world and across the spectrum of contemporary music, different facets of Bach's centuries-old masterpieces are transformed with fresh energy and modern virtuosity that know no limits. 

Jazz legends Gary Bartz and Ron Carter re-imagine Bach's masterpiece "Cello Suite No. 1" with a sublime arrangement for bass and saxophone, and is chosen as KCRW - Los Angeles: Today's Top Tune for Monday July 28, 2014.

The epitome of musical elegance, Ron Carter has been a world class bassist and cellist since the 1960s. Almost exclusively an acoustic player, Carter is among the greatest accompanists of all time and the list of people he has played with is simply too great to completely track. Heard on an unprecedented number of recordings, Carter's reputation as being possibly "the most recorded bassist in jazz history" comes from a staggering legacy . His record label includes; Atlantic, CTI, Milestone, EmArcy, Elektra, and Concord, and of course - Blue Note Records. Equally accomplished in both classical and jazz styles, Carter uses everything in his bass and cello arsenal exhibiting a prodigious technique and brilliant rhythmic and melodic sense. He is often referred to as the bass equivalent of Duke Ellington in both musical and extra-musical interests. Carter has performed as soloist, in duos, small and large group ensembles, and in symphony orchestras around the world. He has even invented his own instrument….'the piccolo bass.'

Grammy Award winning alto saxophonist Gary Bartz first came to New York In 1958 at the age of 17. Charlie Parker had passed away but Miles' was in his heyday. Monk was down at the Five Spot, and Ornette Coleman just got to town. His early work with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, the Charles Mingus' Workshop, Max Roach, McCoy Tyner, and Miles Davis are legendary and quickly established Bartz as the most promising alto player since Cannonball Adderley. After releasing several acclaimed albums as leader, by the late '70s Bartz was considered to be one of the ‘go to' studio musicians in Los Angeles, and by 1988 music columnist Gene Kalbacher described his guest work as "vital ear-opening sides." In the 90's Bartz produced brilliantly conceived concept albums. Recordings that would later prove to be twenty years ahead of their time, and which are now frequently used to remix on hip hop andacid jazz tracks. With over 30 recordings as a leader, and more than 100 recordings as a guest artist, Gary Bartz has taken his rightful place in the pantheon of jazz greats. His musical life has been a testimonial to his steadfast belief in the power of music to soothe, challenge, spark, and move people to think. It's box full of musical snapshots from a life lived and played with passion and stirred with both joy and sadness - by the blues.