Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Corky Siegel Chamber Blues|
Genres: Blues, Pop
Things one can learn from listening to Complementary Colors: (a) bent notes sound as good on a violin as on a guitar; (b) pizzicato from a string quartet can be awfully similar to a banjo, given proper context; and (c) yes... more »
Things one can learn from listening to Complementary Colors: (a) bent notes sound as good on a violin as on a guitar; (b) pizzicato from a string quartet can be awfully similar to a banjo, given proper context; and (c) yes, one can play the blues on a cello. The second album from Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues is wonderfully odd, doing for the blues what cello quartet Apocalyptica did for heavy metal. Blending blues and classical sensibilities as easily as he combines the instruments traditionally assigned to each genre, Siegel handily illustrates just how well the two work together with scale runs, chord progressions, solo sections, and trading-fours between various instruments that walk the line between Beethoven and B.B. King. This is one of the few blues albums of 1998 that holds a genuine surprise around every corner, and fans of classical chamber music will find a great deal to like as well. --Genevieve Williams
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Stephen T. Wishnevsky | Winston-Salem, NC USA | 05/26/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Purists hate it, see above, but they got a hole in their souls. This is so much fun, I can't believe it. Imagine a blues record that makes you laugh out loud, and a classical record that will have you boogieing across the room. Warm and dry, wry and sly, Corky Siegel will put some shaking in your shaker and some blues in your brain. I have always been attracted to the exquisite melodies of the blues, and the musicians on this cd have an obvious love for the music form. It is such a kick to hear a cello punching out Muddy Waters' bass lines, while Corky plays the cleanest blues melodies on the planet. Buy this sucker."
Chuck | The Great White North | 10/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Corky Siegel is clearly the best blues harmonica player on the planet. He takes that instrument and blends it flawlessly into a different medium, the string quartet. After several listens to this CD, it is clear the instruments were made for each other. The highlight of the CD is the clear, thoughtful production that gives each instrument its own space and qualities. My only criticism is that some of the pieces are retreatments of his solo piano work in the last 1970s."