Eight Pieces For Two Cellos (w/ Fred Lonberg-Holm) (LP)

Sale price$29.50



Format: LP 
Label: Corbett vs. Dempsey 
Year: 2022 

Media Condition: New 
Sleeve/Cover Condition: New 


A1. Pluck It
A2. Alla Mingus For La Bang
A3. Fragile
A4. In Walked Ray

B5. Rally
B6. C'mon
B7. Monti-Cello
B8. How Can We?

In 2013, cellists Tomeka Reid and Fred Lonberg-Holm turned their attention to jazz repertoire for cello, assembling a selection of four originals (three by Lonberg-Holm, one by Reid) and four works by other composers.

The latter include "Pluck It" by pioneering jazz cellist Fred Katz, member of the Chico Hamilton Quintet and soundtrack composer for Roger Corman films; "In Walked Ray" by intrepid hardbop bassist and cellist Sam Jones, who worked extensively with Cannonball Adderley; "Rally" by legendary bassist and cellist Ron Carter, who played with everyone from Miles Davis to Eric Dolphy to A Tribe Called Quest; and "Monti-Cello" by Harry Babsin, the least recognizable name in the group who played cello duets with Oscar Pettiford and recorded the first jazz cello solos with Dodo Marmarosa Trio in 1947.

These new takes on old charts provide a storied backdrop and contemporary diving-board for Reid and Lonberg-Holm. By turns achingly beautiful -- utilizing all the woody resonance of the twinned instruments -- and probingly exploratory, they pay reverence to and also rethink their predecessors' music.

Alongside these historically-mined tracks are the player's own deeply engaging compositions. Reid's "Alla Mingus For La Bang" pays homage to one stringsman by way of another: bassist Charles Mingus to violinist Billy Bang. Lonberg-Holm's "Fragile, C'mon," and "How Can We?" all investigate the cosmos of the celli with devilish relish.

Gorgeously recorded direct-to-stereo sans audience at Chicago's Logan Art Center, with a cover that sports a painting by Lonberg-Holm.

Tomeka Reid was born in Washington DC and grew up in the area, earning a music degree from UMD before relocating to Chicago where she really began to apply her classical training to jazz composition and performance. Over two decades she has become a rising star and mainstay of Chicago's venerable jazz, arts, and academic communities. In 2022, Reid was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Foundation "genius" fellowship.

You may also like