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Three Leg Torso [IMPORT] Import

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1. Baym Rebyn In Palesteena
2. The Cat & The Rooster
3. 3+3+3+3+2+2
4. The Awakened Somnambulist
5. To The Little Radio
6. Morrocan Jig
7. Stolen Tango
8. Divertissements For Performing Bears

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From a bare-bones description, 3 Leg Torso don't sound like they'd be much fun to listen to: a violinist, cellist, and accordionist, with some occasional guest percussion, mixing up Eastern European and modern chamber-music influences--all the while remaining open for the occasional bit of improvisation. So it's a wonderful surprise that their debut album does work. Here's why: by keeping their songs short, they remain playful and inviting, never pushing a piece too far; the three musicians--Bela Belogh, Gabe Leavitt, and Courtney Von Drehle--audibly enjoy playing together rather than as a trio of soloists; and the songs tell stories--close your eyes, and you'll see the silent movies that the compositions go with. Though not as fully polished as those by some other ensembles, this album should be rewarding for fans of the Kronos Quartet and Rachel's. --Randy Silver

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A dancer's opinion: Well, it isn't tango, but ... 1 Nov 2000
By madhatter - Published on Amazon.com
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I was browsing the tango category, and being an international folk dancer too, couldn't resist this. It truly is as good as they say, but only the first cut is appropriate for tango. It's a waltz with a wonderfully exotic flavor. We tried to tango to the Divertissement, but my partner collapsed from the strain. The rhythm seems to be 2-2-3-3-2-2 (but not all the way through), so it might work for a Balkan dance. The Morrocan Jig is also a great dance tune--it switches from jig time to some sort of Balkan rhythm, also too fast for tango. As for Stolen Tango, part of it could be used for tango, but it also changes rhythms. That's what's so intriguing about this music: the rhythm changes are so unexpected, and delightful.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Piazzolla having tea with Bartok in a Parisian cafe 26 Oct 1999
By B.S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There's a whole new genre of wonderfully weird chamber music bubbling up from the edgy underworld of new music these days and it's about time. Great playing and inventive tongue-in-cheek dust offs of the usual "serious" classical music forbidden realm with a bit of gypsy bite. Check out Tiny Hat Trio from SF as well. And Turtle Island String Quartet too. This stuff is swell.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A pleasure to the ears 16 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
These Portland-ers are highly talented. I've had the good fortune to see them play live on a number of occassions here in Portland OR and 5 stars doens't do them justice. For those of you who haven't the time to visit the northwest to catch a live show, this CD is the next best thing, highlighting some of their wonderful pieces. The songs are extremely expressive, many of them telling entire stories, without any lyrics. Tunes like "The Awakened Somnambulist" and "The Cat and the Rooster" are full of wonderful imagery. "3+3+3+3+2+2" and "Morrocan Jig" are highlights, each a spirited fast moving piece. Worth every penny. I only wish I had paid for my copy from the musicians themselves, so Amazon wouldn't have gleaned any funds from out of their pockets. Keep your eyes peeled for another CD.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not the klezmer you expect 17 Jun 2001
By "maddyd" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I first heard 3 Leg Torso on NPR. I was enchanted by the brief excerpt of music they played, and the story of how these young men came to play this sort of music. I came home and immediately ordered the CD. I've not been disappointed! This is a great CD. The music is wonderful, and it's got a sense of humor, to boot. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the sound of strings. The only thing lacking (and I didn't really miss it until I thought about 'typical' klezmer) was the clarinet.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Passionate, intoxicating and unusual music! 24 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This unexpected ensemble of violin, cello and accordion sounds like a cross between the Kronos Quartet and a wild third world folk band. The pieces on the CD are mostly originals and have a sensibility that is influenced by Piazzolla, Klezmer, and modern chamber music. The music often tells a visual story, shifting moods from joyous to romantic to introspective to humorous. I highly recommend this recording! It's the kind of thing one might hear on National Public Radio.
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