Wednesday, August 19, 2009
by Apollo 100 featuring Tom Parker
Lord Kenneth Clark, of "Civilization" fame, said of Johann Sebastian Bach: "He is the spectator of all musical time and existence, to whom it is not of the smallest importance whether a thing be new or old, so long as it is true."
This most listenable Apollo 100 album owes much to the group's hit, "Joy," written by J. S. Bach as "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring."
Careful research suggests this is what Bach himself might say of Apollo 100:
"Here are some accomplished British musicians respecting the actual music, but tastefully innovating, as with sax and vibes on my 'Air for the G String' and organ, harpsichord, and brass on my 'Joy.' Tom Parker also beautifully arranges works by Mendelssohn, Grieg, Saint-Saens, and Leroy Anderson, as well as material by himself and other contemporary composers, as in the soaring 'Reach for the Sky.' This is made possible as an album by Mega, which means million; and I doubt not that there will be 1,000,000 sales.
"Considering everything here, I remember I once said: 'The aim of final reason of all music should be none else than the Glory of God and the recreation of the mind.'"
--J. S. Bach
Thank you for everything, Mr. Bach!
A YOUNGBLOOD PRODUCTION
PRODUCED BY MIKI DALLON
By arrangement With Tara International
Liner Notes By Jesse Burt, Ph. D.
PRINTED IN U.S.A. MEGA RECORDS & TAPES, INC., NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
ART DIRECTION: HERB BURNETTE; PHOTOS: JOHN DONEGAN; PINWHEEL STUDIOS; NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
MEGA STEREO RECORDS may be played on any present day phonograph equipped with a lightweight tone arm. You will hear excellent sound reproduction on a monoaural player and full stereo sound on a stereophonic player. Caution: This or any stereo record should not be played with a worn or damaged needle as it will result in permanent damage to the record.
JOY (Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring)(ASCAP) 2:44
MAD MOUNTAIN KING(Hall of the Mountain King)(ASCAP) 2:10
MENDELSSOHN'S 4TH (First Movement)(ASCAP) 2:32
LIBIDO (ASCAP) 2:36
JAZZ PIZZICATO (ASCAP) 1:39
TAMARA (BMI) 2:27
REACH FOR THE SKY (ASCAP) 2:31
EVIL MIDNIGHT (Danse Macabre)(BMI) 2:22
AIR FOR THE G STRING (ASCAP) 3:41
EXERCISE IN A MINOR (BMI) 2:43
CLASSICAL WIND (ASCAP) 2:21
Editor's note: in my uneducated opinion, jazz has always been the classical music drop-out genre. Not that many or most jazz musicians couldn't have been classical players but they chose to bud the seedier side of the garden instead. Seeing as classical music is the only true music, I tend to classify all other music as elemental fringe. Perhaps good but never the greatness of the masters. This is a pretty good record nonetheless. A nice companion piece to chocolate pudding and Pilsner Urquell on a sunny springtime Sunday afternoon.
PS...who is this Tom Parker chap? There's only scant info on him on the internet. No offense, but he looked a little alternative to say the least. Interesting as well.