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Richard Sussman - The Evolution Suite / The Vinyl District review

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The Evolution Suite (ZOHO) Sussman's had an impressive and stylistically varied career, and in 2014 he received a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Grant to create a new composition for jazz group, string quartet and electronics; this CD presents the results in live performance, and it's a stirring success. Progressive but tied to tradition in a manner bringing Oliver Nelson to mind, the strings are far from mere ornamentation and get the opportunity to really wail in "Movement III: Nexus." Additionally, the electronics are neither cutting edge nor retrograde. A-The Evolution Suite (ZOHO) Sussman's had an impressive and stylistically varied career, and in 2014 he received a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Grant to create a new composition for jazz group, string quartet and electronics; this CD presents the results in live performance, and it's a stirring success. Progressive but tied to tradition in a manner bringing Oliver Nelson to mind, the strings are far from mere ornamentation and get the opportunity to really wail in "Movement III: Nexus." Additionally, the electronics are neither cutting edge nor retrograde. A-

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