CD Review Bob Gluck

March 3rd, 2008

Array: the Journal of the ICMA. 2007-2008 double issue.

EXCERPT – Bob Gluck’s new compact disc Electric Brew features an eclectic mix of influences. The backbone of the disc is formed by four original compositions that were inspired by and use motifs from famous jazz compositions by Miles Davis and his collaborators, namely Joe Zawinul and Dave Holland. In addition, Gluck offers up two additional interludes that he describes as “collages” formed by editing together several live performances of his original compositions. Gluck mixes these jazz references with his eShofar, a twenty-first century take on an instrument typically used in Jewish religious ceremonies, and Stravinsky’s infamous Rite of Spring. Unfortunately, these varied influences often yield muddled results.

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