These violins are more like fiddles (throughout).
Isn't "Crepuscule with Nellie" originally through-composed? It would seem to be a slam dunk in a album of this kind.
It's so inconvenient that it takes 5-10 minutes after smoking cannabis to get the peak effects. Either that or the stuff I've been getting has all been creeper. But it seems it would be easy to take too much.
I've seen recordings of "Epistrophy" be like two minutes long and some be ten minutes long. I had a point but I forgot it.
I will say that the "Epistrophy" arrangement is really good. Actually it's a bit agitating. It turns out to be a Ron Carter vehicle, with a cadenza-like solo separating it from "Off Minor", and he takes over the second half of the track.
I'm listening to the Miles Davis Round About Midnight right now (I mean, I'm listening to the Kronos Quartet this instant; I mean I'm listening to the Davis a lot.) Just odd that the same song appears twice in what I've into.
There's some overemoting on this album. I've never heard the Kronos Quartet but I know they're fairly popular. I don't know if they're an actual crossover sensation or if a lot of that is hype, though crossover stars generally bring a little pop into it: I guess by definition.
"Misterioso" is the best thing on here so far. It's actually a pseudo-theme-and-variations in form -- I'd say "theme and variations" but the variations never stray far from the theme, usually being varied in the instrumentation and arrangement. But it's interesting to hear that kind of form in a jazz context.
Both Ellington tracks are on Monk Plays Ellington, so I guess that's why they were recorded? Maybe the Kronos version was based on the original Monk recordings?
I always expect "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" to be really corny whenever I hear it, in whatever form, and I'm always relieved and surprised that the recording is restrained and it... I lost my train of thought.
"Black and Tan Fantasy" has always been a favorite. Probably enjoys something like "Crepuscule with Nellie" in its originally being pretty tightly-composed and -arranged. Wouldn't make as big a challenge in arrangement as a more improv-focused track. (I guess it's inevitable that they would make a big deal of the closing Chopin melody, but it could have been done much worse. It's one of those things that are easily done tastelessly, but I'm not offended when I hear it so it's all good.)
"Brilliant Corners" isn't very good (kind of shrill -- maybe I'm just getting high-frequency fatigue). They should have gone with something like "Monk's Mood" to close out the album.
Youtube has surprisingly good sound quality (listened over the phone over good-for-what-they-are headphones). I guess that shouldn't be much of a surprise (streaming technology and what they can do with it have made huge strides over the last decade-plus since I've bothered with streaming.