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One Dark Night I Left My Silent House [CD]

Marilyn Crispell Audio CD
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“We brought some tunes to the session but the whole record ended up spontaneous and improvised. On a couple of pieces instead of piano Marilyn played an old beat-up piano soundboard wrenched out of an old baby grand several years before. We blew the dust off it and propped it a few feet off the floor, where it gave strange resonances as a giant percussion instrument. Marilyn said ... Read more in Amazon's Marilyn Crispell Store

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  • Audio CD (24 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B0038QBP70
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,384 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Invocation
2. Tsering
3. The Hawk And The Mouse
4. Stay, Stray
5. What Birds Sing
6. Companion: Silence
7. Owl Moon
8. Still Life With Woodpeckers
9. Grosbeak
10. The Way Of The Pure Sound
11. Motmot
12. Snow Suddenly Stopping Without Notice
13. Evocation

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The ever-adventurous American pianist Marilyn Crispell is heard in quietly exploratory improvised duets with clarinettist David Rothenberg (in his ECM debut), recorded in Woodstock in 2008. The intimacy of the format clearly intrigues her: she and Rothenberg make haunting music together in dialogue and create new compositions together in real time.

This is Marilyn Crispell's first duo release on ECM. It follows a string of acclaimed trio albums - beginning with the prizewinning 'Nothing Ever Was Anyway' in 1996, soon followed by 'Amaryllis' and 'Storyteller' and, in 2008, by the solo 'Vignettes'. However Crispell is no stranger to the duo format, and elsewhere she has recorded duos with Anthony Braxton, Iréne Schweizer, Tim Berne, Louis Moholo, Andrew Cyrille, Leroy Jenkins and many others. Crispell's goal, in playing fixed pieces or improvisations, is to play music "only from the heart" and to rule out any habitual or stylized expression: "My work on ECM has often been about allowing such musical transformations to take place. It has been the perfect label for me to develop new directions in my music."

Active as a player who has collaborated with musicians from Nils Økland to Peter Gabriel to Michelle Makarski, David Rothenberg is also well-known as an author and naturalist. His books include the best-selling "Why Birds Sing", and the titles here reflect also on the natural world. "The Hawk and the Mouse", "Owl Moon" and "Still Life with Woodpeckers" are amongst the associative titles. Rothenberg studied with Jimmy Giuffre and Joe Maneri, the two late, great, trailblazing exponents of improvising clarinet (one piece here, "The Way Of the Pure Sound" is dedicated to Maneri).

Personnel: Marilyn Crispell (piano, percussion), David Rothenberg (bass clarinet, clarinet)

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ECM 2089; ECM RECORDS - Germania; Pop Jazz

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing... 23 Jun 2010
By degrant
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is an intriguing and elusive duet which calls to mind a number of very different recordingd as well as having a unique tone of its own. The title might suggest a sister piece to Jon Hassell's "Last night the moon came dropping its clothes in the street" but what we have is Crispell on piano, percussion or soundboard duetting with David Rothenberg on clarinet and, predominantly, bass clarinet.

"One Dark Night" has much of the austerity but less of the ecstasy of Coltrane's famous duet with Rashied Ali, "Interstellar Space" and echoes of some of Louis Sclavis's recent output but an organic, exploratory feel of its own. The album starts quietly and beautifully as Crispell and Rothenberg tease sounds from one another. Although Crispell is at times the lyrial pianist, at other times keeper of the Viennese School's flame and elsewhere subtle and evocative percussionist, it is Rotherberg's clear, powerful but never strident tone which dominates for me.

The highlights are the aptly named third track "The Hawk and The Mouse" as Rothenberg circles with calm menace around an array of startled sounds produced by Crispell before it builds to a duel as Crispell retaliates with greater force, and the seventh track "Owl Moon" which features Crispell's most beguiling performance calling to mind The Rachel's "Music for Egon Schiele"

For all the quality, ingenuity amd intrigue on offer my biggest qualm is that the album is overlong with the fractured sometimes atonal sound of the last few tracks failing to capture my interest as much as the first half of the album. Even with that caveat, this is a highly recommended purchase
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lost 21 July 2010
By ashtree
Format:Audio CD
Previously I have greatly enjoyed the work of Marilyn Crispell both when playing in standards format and in free jazz mode. However this collaboration fails to ignite. The duets seem to wander aimlessly and lack structure, there are some pleasant touches but far too much of the content falls between the edges of classical and jazz. The addition of bass or soft percussion might well have improved things. An artiste worth persevering with but this is not the album to start with.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars haunted music, pensive and driven 3 May 2011
By David Abram - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Haunted music, born of the moment's bursting. Sometimes utterly pensive, sometimes driven, always worth opening to. Often I wanted the silence to insert and assert itself more, as a third partner ghosting these duets. That said, there's already a stillness in all Crispell's playing here, while Rothenberg is an effervescent force bubbling up from the hidden depths.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Anticipated 30 Aug 2013
By Strege - Published on Amazon.com
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While I appreciated the effort, and certainly the artists' musical talent cannot be questioned, without reading the companion book, it was dull and boring. Had the CD contained more of the musicians talking and explaining their efforts and experiences, it could have been an exhilerating auditory experience.
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