David Baker: Calypso (from Sonata for Jazz Violin and String Quartet)


Calypso (third movement from Sonata for Jazz Violin and String Quartet)


David Baker


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Diane Monroe (jazz violin), Kathryn Lucktenberg, Fritz Gearhart (violins), Leslie Straka (viola), Steven Pologe (cello)


Composed by David Baker


Recorded: Eugene, Oregon, 2006


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

About the time African-Americans originated jazz, Afro-Caribbean musicians invented calypso, likewise testing the limits of free expression in a segregated society. David Baker's "Calypso" (1987) features violinist Diane Monroe, whose jazz bona fides are longstanding. More surprisingly is the jazz facility of four University of Oregon School of Music faculty members, in particular Steven Pologe, strumming his cello with the élan of a Trinidadian street guitarist at Carnival. Whether Baker—himself a cellist and former jazzman—has improved conventional notation, or classical string players have newly developed jazz chops, the result is an uplifting celebration of music as universal language.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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  • 2 emily // Mar 21, 2009 at 03:15 PM
    Hi my name is Emily I play the cello and I really good too. I am 9 years old and once played in the Pittsbugrh Sinffiney! It was a great night I was even on BrodWay. some day I want to be just like you love ,Emily