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Ethel

Ethel Audio CD
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Ethel is the name of a new quartet of string players devoted, for the most part, to performing music by their contemporaries; in a way, they're very much like the Kronos. Their absorption in music of all kinds gives them a wonderful edge. They run the gamut, professionally, from being in the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Steve Reich Ensemble to backing up The Who's Roger Daltrey and Sheryl Crow. On their debut album, we hear John King's "Sweet Hardwood," which is deeply rooted in blues and is played with great, gutsy, feeling; a four-movement piece by John Kline that is in minimalist tradition and whose rhythms are infectious; a strange, brief work ("uh…it all happened so fast") by one of their violinists, Todd Reynolds, which begins down, dark and cavernously in the low strings and develops with great vibrancy; and Evan Ziporyn's 1991 "Be-in," in which they're joined by Ziporyn on bass clarinet (its lyrical chugging manages to be both reassuring and jittery at once). When it's over, you want to hear it again. The music and performances on this CD are both earthy and poetic and worth listening to often. --Robert Levine

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5.0 out of 5 stars Cross-over doesn't cover it March 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
The newest music being written these days obliterates the notions of "genre" that have been at the heart of the recording industry for decades, encouraging us to view "Pop," "Jazz," "Folk," and "Classical" as separate realms, with occasional "cross-overs" (i.e. Andrea Bocelli). But those categories only exist in the realm of the industry, not in the work being written today by people like Evan Ziporyn, Phil Kline, and John King. This music doesn't just cross over: it blows up the wall that separates high art pretense from musical pleasure. The tunes here are smart, but as listenable as anything in the pop bins (and more so than a lot of pop out there). To put it simply, Ethel rocks: these four can play anything! If Kronos opened a door to welcome the string quartet into the 21st century, Ethel has gone through that door, and is pickin' and grinnin' on the front porch. Not one dull moment, and how many New Music recordings can you make THAT claim for?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Oct. 27 2003
Format:Audio CD
After hearing these guys on Weekend Edition I rushed out to the store and grabbed this. It's one of the most exciting discs I've heard all year. They were saying on the interview that they're not like Kronos - and they're not! They've got so much soul, spirit, and energy - the sounds on this disc range from blues and jazz-influenced to more "classically" oriented pieces that show off their chops. Don't miss this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Oct. 27 2003
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Format:Audio CD
After hearing these guys on Weekend Edition I rushed out to the store and grabbed this. It's one of the most exciting discs I've heard all year. They were saying on the interview that they're not like Kronos - and they're not! They've got so much soul, spirit, and energy - the sounds on this disc range from blues and jazz-influenced to more "classically" oriented pieces that show off their chops. Don't miss this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Music May 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
My mom is the one who writes the grants for Ethel, so I'm constantly updated on this remarkable quartet. And they really are remarkable. They refuse to be labeled as Chamber music, because they really are not. They are something way above that. Electrified strings may sound a bit ridiculous, but the combined sound is intoxicating. Buy this album.
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