Jim Fox – DESCANSOS, PAST

Cold Blue

Dedicated to the late composer/performer John Kuhlman, “Descansos, Past” is a short composition for double bass and superimposed cellos that alternates a sense of poignant regret, not unlike certain works of Gavin Bryars (notably “By The Vaar”, written as it was for Charlie Haden) with powerful fingering by bassist Barry Newton, who at decent listening volume is able, through sheer timbral intensity, to solicit some serious glass shaking in the living room. Steering clear of sugary sentimentalism, Fox’s concise statements, performed superbly by cellists Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick, Jessica Catron, Aniela Perry and Rachel Arnold, describe a sober celebration whose orchestral flavour is enriched by rewarding aural poetry, like an inscription on a tombstone to be read with a faint smile instead of tear-stained eyes.

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