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Beat Therapy / Dmitri Tymoczko

Tymoczko,Dmitri
Release Date: 05/10/2011 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9353  
Composer:  Dmitri Tymoczko
Performer:  Dmitri Tymoczko
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



TYMOCZKO Beat Therapy Dmitri Tymoczko, cond; jazz band BRIDGE 9353 (53:24)


This set of eight pieces by Massachusetts-born Dmitri Tymoczko is described this way in the anonymous booklet note (presumably by the composer): “These pieces combine the sounds and rhythms of jazz with a classical sense of form and development. Ideas change and grow and return in unexpected ways, with literal repetition being rare. Though the music is largely notated, some tracks contain at least some improvisation.” Individual Read more notes for each track make reference to the influence of Stravinsky (in Loop and Swing ) and Debussy and Ravel (in Dreams May Come ), though quite honestly I don’t hear this.


Tymoczko’s work is much more jazz than it is contemporary classical. For one thing, his band is the standard jazz sextet of trumpet, alto and tenor sax, piano, bass, and drums, plus synthesizer and the less typical bass clarinet. One track ( Earthquake) also uses discreet computer-generated sounds. Tymoczko stays on a straightforward path rhythmically, allowing each piece to unfold over a groove that sits in four. In its adoption of classical structural procedures, his music recalls the arrangements of Gil Evans (lacking Evans’s distinctive ear for textural color) or the 20th-century British jazz composers Neil Ardley and Mike Westbrook (minus their harmonic complexity and rhythmic freedom).


As pure jazz it is pretty good, with strong, tight playing from the band. I am impressed by David Skidmore’s solid drumming, anchoring every piece. As often happens, I find the individual flavor of a composition gets lost once the soloists begin to improvise, jazzmen tending to fall into well-worn patterns in their licks. (To be fair, one of the more chaotic improvised passages, in Katrina Stomp , is meant to signify the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina.) The occasional moment stands out, such as the plainly harmonized chorale at the conclusion of Dreams May Come , but generally this music is neither as varied nor experimental as the blurb would have us believe. Quite enjoyable on its own terms, nevertheless. Sound is a plus: Bridge’s engineers know how to record a jazz combo in brilliant close-up, like the best albums of the 1950s and ’60s.


FANFARE: Phillip Scott


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Featuring:
Dmitri Tymoczko, composition & synth programming
Thomas Bergeron, trumpet
Jon Irabagon, alto sax
Alejandro Aviles, alto sax
Geoff Vidal, tenor sax
Rane Moore, bass clarinet
Ken Thomson, bass clarinet
William Stevens, piano
Vladimir Katz, piano
Daniel Kelly, piano
James Johnston, synth
Michael O’Brien, bass
David Skidmore, drums
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Works on This Recording

1.
Loop & Swing by Dmitri Tymoczko
Performer:  Dmitri Tymoczko (Synth Programming)
Period: 21st Century 
Written: USA 
2.
Kachunk by Dmitri Tymoczko
Performer:  Dmitri Tymoczko (Synth Programming)
Period: 21st Century 
Written: USA 
3.
Katrina Stomp by Dmitri Tymoczko
Performer:  Dmitri Tymoczko (Synth Programming)
Period: 21st Century 
Written: USA 
4.
Sweet Nothings by Dmitri Tymoczko
Performer:  Dmitri Tymoczko (Synth Programming)
Period: 21st Century 
Written: USA 
5.
The Mysterious Stranger by Dmitri Tymoczko
Performer:  Dmitri Tymoczko (Synth Programming)
Period: 21st Century 
Written: USA 
6.
Earthquake by Dmitri Tymoczko
Performer:  Dmitri Tymoczko (Synth Programming)
Period: 21st Century 
Written: USA 
7.
Dreams May Come by Dmitri Tymoczko
Performer:  Dmitri Tymoczko (Synth Programming)
Period: 21st Century 
Written: USA 
8.
Sayonara by Dmitri Tymoczko
Performer:  Dmitri Tymoczko (Synth Programming)
Period: 21st Century 
Written: USA 

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