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Compositions by John Carisi, Eddie Sauter, Christian Wolff and Stefan Wolpe. Performed by Ensemble Accanto & XASAX. Carisi wrote "Israel" for Miles Davis and Sauter is the arranger of some Stan Getz recordings for Verve. Both are students of Stefan Wolpe and they have written contemporary works too. Features: Wolpe: "Wuartet For Trumpet, Tenor Saxophone, Percussion, and Piano" (1950/4); Carisi: "Saxophone Quartet No. 1" (1965); Carisi: "Counterpoise No. 1 For Trumpet, Baritone Saxophone, Percussion and Piano" (1948); Sauter: "Saxophone Quartet No. 1" (1977); Wolff: "Exercise 26 & 27 (Snare Drum Peace March 1 & 2) (1968); Wolpe: "Stimmen aus dem Massengrab" (for speaker, two saxophones, trumpet, two pianos & percussion) (1928). "It's interesting to note that the title chosen for this carefully plotted program of works, Counterpoise, refers to equivalent powers set in opposition creating a state of balance, and appears in the dictionary in between the words 'counterpoint' and 'counterpose'. There is certainly a measured balance in the interrelated and contrasting material presented here, as well as in the personalities of the composers represented. Moreover, there is a palpable sense of poise (that is, equilibrium, assurance, and tact) in the music itself, which accounts for the equal degrees of spontaneity and inevitability-highlighting the counter-effect of creative tension-that result. - Art Lange.
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