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David Denton
David's Review Corner, May 2012

Following on last months release from String Fever and Marin Alsop, comes this reissue of 1991 recording sessions. You can well imagine you are in some sophisticated New York night-spot listening to a fabulous group, that is a cut above the average outfit, and playing cool jazz with total freedom of expression. In fact String Fever is a mix of musicians who have come through major US music academies, and who play with that quality you would expect. It was formed by the violinist who turned to conducting, Marin Alsop, who has more recently arrived back in the States to head up the Baltimore Symphony. Here she plays lead violin and soloist in a most pleasing mix of music from the rich seam of New York’s crossover composers. Among the fourteen tracks my favourite is Caribbean Leprechaun, a fun take on an Irish violinist and the proverbial jig, but having spent so much happy time in Ireland I am probably biased. The original disc first appeared in 1992 and is now making its first appearance on Naxos, the close-up sound designed for the jazz/folk enthusiast. © 2012 David’s Review Corner

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