For the Record, Op. 81: Jazz Violinist Jason Anick; Cellist Christoph Croisé

March 21, 2019, 4:24 PM · Welcome to "For the Record,"'s weekly roundup of new releases of recordings by violinists, violists, cellists and other classical musicians. We hope it helps you keep track of your favorite artists, as well as find some new ones to add to your listening!

Jason Anick
Jazz violinist Jason Anick. Photo by Sasha Israel.

Rhythm Future Quartet and Friends
Jason Anick, violin
Olli Soikkeli, guitar
Max O'Rourke, guitar
Greg Loughman, bass

While at the ASTA Conference a few weeks ago I went to a lecture by violinist Jason Anick, who teaches jazz violin at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Besides giving a great lecture on Gypsy Jazz (more about that in another blog), Anick also handed me a copy of the latest album by his group, Rhythm Future Quartet. Great stuff, check it out! BELOW: The Rhythm Future Quartet performing "Bushwick Stomp" by Olli Soikkeli live at Rotary Records in Springfield, MA (from their other album, Travels):

Haydn Cello Concertos, Vivaldi Concerto for Violin and Cello
Christoph Croisé, cello
Eurasian Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Sherniyaz Mussakhan directing

Swiss cellist Christoph Croisé performs Haydn’s two Cello Concertos with the Eurasian Soloists Chamber Orchestra, whose leader Sherniyaz Mussakhan joins him in Vivaldi’s Concerto for Violin and Cello, RV 547. BELOW: Croisé performs Haydn's Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major with Eurasian Soloists Chamber Orchestra:

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March 21, 2019 at 11:19 PM · Wow for Jason Anick and his quartet! Thanks for calling that to our attention. Despite my best efforts, there's so much great music going on that I've never heard before.

March 22, 2019 at 02:15 AM · Normally I'm not much of a gypsy-jazz fan but this is really great stuff. Fantastic ensemble work -- very tight -- and outstanding solos. Make no mistake -- this guy has a professional classical technique underpinning those jazz licks. To those interested in learning jazz -- listen carefully for arpeggios and other patterns. Those are common improv elements. And it's not difficult to analyze in a tune like this because, frankly, it's relatively harmonically limited music.

Laurie -- any information that you can give us on getting access (even if paid) to the lead sheet for that tune would be warmly appreciated.

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