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Stravinksy - The Rite of Spring [CD]

Dylan Howe Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (29 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Motorik
  • ASIN: B0036PVUBY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Listen  3. The Augurs of Spring - 1 4:090.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. Spring Round Dances 6:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Games of the Rival Tribes 6:030.99  Buy MP3 
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Dylan Howe / Will Butterworth Duo - debut album Dylan Howe - drums Will Butterworth - piano 'New collaboration from acclaimed drummer Howe and rising piano star Butterworth. The Rite of Spring and Firebird suite arranged and adapted for improvisation.' 'Fluently virtuosic explorations, consistently absorbing, occasionally downright mesmerising.' Chris Parker - The Vortex 'Superlative drummer/pianist duo reinterpreting Stravinsky's finest movements via freewheeling jazz.' Time Out 'The Stravinsky Duo (WB and DH) simply two of the most thrilling musicians you can see in London, or anywhere. Mining the faultline where Stravinsky's revolutionary classical bred chi met jazz explosion and rock insurrect, this Duo are HOT! Personally it was a salutory lesson for me in what music can do.' Gavin Martin - The Mirror / Family of Rock 'This intrepid duo bring intensity and virtuosity to their jazz explorations of the work of Igor Stravinsky. A fascinating and frequently spellbinding performance.'- Ian Mann

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5.0 out of 5 stars some reviews of this album 3 Feb 2010
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'It is thrilling to hear Stravinsky in a Dalston jazz dive with a beer in your hand. Pianist Will Butterworth and drummer Dylan Howe's version of the first part of The Rite of Spring digs out Igor's Slavic jazz soul without losing the work's essence.
They base their arrangement on the composer's own piano reduction, taking inspiration from Bernstein's subsequent version while also adding developments of their own. When Butterworth plays the urgent 5/4 ostinato of the introduction, Howe adds a busy EST-style groove that morphs crisply and naturally into hammering riffs. For all its notated precision, Stravinsky's music, like Bach's, lends itself to a wide range of interpretations - as long as the feel is right.
The Augurs of Spring develops into a rolling 12/8 pattern over which _Butterworth improvises before picking out the swaggering melody in octaves. They twist the theme of Mock Abduction into a Monkish passage over swinging drums, while the emotional Spring Round Dances moves gradually from tenderness to brutality. All they lack is the really close ensemble sound that comes from extended touring.
The Rite hardly pauses, and it's packed with big gestures and catchy hooks - things Howe knows all about. (He's the son of Yes guitarist Steve Howe, and drums in the Blockheads.)
Howe traces his enthusiasm for Stravinsky to the time when Yes used Firebird Suite as an intro tape; the second part of the duo's set is a version of this equally celebrated score. The Stravinsky Duo might be an ambitious project, but it is fresh and immediate and engaged the full house.uperlative

John L Walters
The Guardian, Thursday 14 January 2010

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Jazzwise Feb '10

Dylan Howe / Will Butterworth Duo
The Rite of Spring - Part 1

The 32 year old pianist Edinburgh-born pianist Will Butterworth made a quiet splash with his ambitious yet very impressive solo piano debut in 207. Destined for a career as a classical cellist. Butterworth improvised on the piano at a young age allowing him a personal expression he hadn't been able to find in his classical studies.
For this second CD he joins the competently versatile drummer Dylan Howe, who has a similar sense or adventure as Butterworth. Howe can switch from swinging his arse off Blue Note style one minute to a sombre reading of David Bowie's 1970's electronic phase next.
Together they turn to the classical canon with their reimagining of Stravinsky's revolutionary early twentieth century ballet The Rite Of Spring ((this is Part 1: Part 2 is on it's way later in the year). Thankfully, as is the case with Howe's Bowie project, there's no attempt to reframe the work in a more traditional setting. Instead the pianist introduces the works mayor folk based motifs and deconstructs them for piano improv, mainly with a propulsive left hand ostinati underlying right hand with classical music's dynamics that sometimes recalls Ethan Inverson of Keith Jarrett.
As each piece segues into the next Howe lends nicely understated support, intervening with percussive counterpoint and adding layers of polyrhythm. It's a stoical, monochromatic set that keeps it's healthy distance from the original.
Next to emphasizing its motifs, dissonances and primitive, ritualistic sense of rhythm, some subtle connections with jazz harmony and rhythm are also explored. It's a pretty absorbing reading an one that marks Butterworth as one of the more original young prospects of today's scene.
Selwyn Harris

Stravinsky - The Rite Of Spring - Part 1
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4.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary classic / jazz crossover 9 May 2010
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I picked this up on a whim knowing little about either musician or their previous output, but I thought the concept of reinterpreting Stravinsky sounded interesting.

Dylan Howe (son of the Yes guitarist Steve Howe -but don't hold that against him) is a talented drummer who chooses not to follow the standard rock clichés. Taking on Stravinsky is a daunting feat, yet his collaboration with the pianist Will Butterworth turns out to be a rewarding exercise in reducing complex ideas to the basics.
Butterworth resists the temptation to overplay, and the result are a set of accessible pieces that feature a range of retrained improvisation that engage rather than alienate the listener. I am not a big jazz buff but I get this and so have a number of friends that I have played it to.

Real good stuff and marks these two out as a due to watch. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jazzy 16 Mar 2014
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An interesting re-imagining of Stravinsky's masterpiece in a set of variations with a jazz flair. Great musicianship, and a unique vision.
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