Turtle Island String Quartet: Blue Rondo à la Turk
Blue Rondo à la Turk
Turtle Island String Quartet
Art of the Groove (Koch International 7500)
David Balakrishnan, Evan Price (violin); Danny Seidenberg (viola), Mark Summer (cello).
Composed by Dave Brubeck.
Recorded: Los Angeles, April 1999
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
Merely referencing Mozart's "Rondo Alla Turca" didn't make Dave Brubeck's "Blue Rondo à la Turk" (1959) Third Stream. Instead of combining jazz and classical elements, "Blue Rondo" simply wedged 4/4 blues solos between a bravura 9/8 enclosure. Recognizing that a sandwich is not a salad, the TISQ here mixes ingredients much more tastily. The piece's overall form is unchanged, but when played by string quartet instead of jazz quartet, time-signature shifts are less abrupt, more organic. Third Stream boosters have long dreamt that string players would someday learn to swing. Turtle Island à la Turk is our dream come true.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz