Cello Works. Chris White; cello, Eric Hangen; piano, Peter Chwazik; bass, Tom Killian; drums, Paul Merrill; trumpet, Mamadou Diabate; kora. A new studio recording featuring 9 original jazz tunes.
Chris White has been exploring new directions for the cello since the late 1970’s. Whether playing in an intimate duo with piano or guitar, with a jazz string quartet, or with his jazz group, the Cayuga Jazz Ensemble, Chris’ playing has the vibrancy and the urgency of someone who is excited about what he is communicating.
This is an absolutely wonderful album.
In the liner notes, Bert Patterson characterizes the Cayuga Jazz Ensemble’s sound as “…impressionistic, fluid, the sound of clear directed action with a touch of the Mediterranean.” Which is as good a description as any.
Chris White dedicates First Principles to the memory of Susan Shalek White: “…my partner and soulmate…best friend, lover and mother of our three wonderful children… Words fall short, but the music speaks for itself.” Indeed. I include that poignant passage because it brings us full circle to the difficulty of describing music in words. This CD sounds like the most wondrous things in life…like love and friendship and good times…transmuted into music. – Warren Greenwood, Ithaca Times.