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Eastman American Music Series Vol 8 - Jazz Sonata


Release Date: 12/14/1999 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 361   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ramon RickerBill Dobbins
Performer:  Ramon RickerBill Dobbins
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Their music spans the divide between classical and jazz, incorporating elements of both traditions, but it is not third stream music. They combine the idioms mostly by applying classical form and motivic development to jazz rhythm, melody and harmony. The improvisations are clear-cut jazz solos.
Formally, Ricker's sonata echoes Gershwin, harmonically and rhythmically, McCoy Tyner and Wayne Shorter. The first movement draws part of its harmony from Juan Tizol's jazz composition, Caravan. Dobbins' sonata is comprised of two jazz waltzes and a solidly grooving final movement with montuno inflections. His Prelude No. 13 is appropriately titled, its rubato musing somewhere between a Broadway show tune intro and a Debussy piece of the same
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Both men are able players and improvisers, audible in this technically rigorous and soulful performance. They come with impressive credentials in both jazz and classical music. A professor at the Eastman School of Music, Ricker performed with Buddy Rich, as well as with the Rochester Symphony orchestra. Dobbins, a former Eastman faculty member, currently directs the West German Radio Big Band. He has played with musicians as diverse as Pierre Boulez and Phil Woods. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Jazz Sonata by Ramon Ricker
Performer:  Ramon Ricker (Saxophone), Bill Dobbins (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991 
Date of Recording: 01/11/1993 
2. Echoes from a Distant Land by Bill Dobbins
Performer:  Ramon Ricker (Saxophone), Bill Dobbins (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 05/26/1993 
3. The Stranger by Bill Dobbins
Performer:  Ramon Ricker (Saxophone), Bill Dobbins (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 10/25/1997 
4. Sonata for Soprano Saxophone and Piano by Bill Dobbins
Performer:  Ramon Ricker (Soprano Saxophone), Bill Dobbins (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 10/06/1990 
5. Prelude no 13 for Saxophone and Piano by Bill Dobbins
Performer:  Bill Dobbins (Piano), Ramon Ricker (Saxophone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 10/25/1997 
6. Prelude no 14 for Saxophone and Piano by Bill Dobbins
Performer:  Ramon Ricker (Saxophone), Bill Dobbins (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 10/25/1997 

Sound Samples

Jazz Sonata: I. Danse macabre: Introduction and Alllegro
Jazz Sonata: II. Danse d'amour: Ballad
Jazz Sonata: III. Danse infernale: Allegro - Waltz - Allegro
Echoes from a Distant Land
The Stranger
Saxophone Sonata: I. Jazz Waltz: Somewhat freely
Saxophone Sonata: II. Somewhat freely
Saxophone Sonata: III. With Drive
Prelude XIII
Prelude XIV

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