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Colin Clarke
Fanfare, July 2018

A Shona song from Zimbabwe, to call water spirits, Chigwaya was taught to the ensemble by Musekiwa Chingodza; this is their spin on it. The arrangement is inspired by the mbira (an ethnic thumb piano), and the members of the group provide the haunting vocals. It is superbly atmospheric and evocative: One does indeed feel an impulse to follow the advice of the booklet and to explore more of Chingodza’s own discography. © 2018 Fanfare Read complete review

Pwyll ap SiƓn
Gramophone, July 2018

Third Coast Percussion’s acutely sensitive approach to sound yields a work that glides effortlessly and subtly between animated rhythmic sections and moments of serene, tranquil reflection. © 2018 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, June 2018

Third Coast Percussion consists of Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin, and David Skidmore. All together, they play a bewildering variety of noise-makers that would make any naughty young child green with envy. They deploy them with such persuasiveness and discretion that we are not overwhelmed by the various sounds of their instruments. On the contrary, we are charmed, delighted and intrigued. © 2018 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review

Robert Carl
Fanfare, May 2018

Jacob Druckman’s Reflections on the Nature of Water, is for some the definitive solo marimba piece of the late 20th century. …this piece is rich in motive, development, and old-fashioned craft. Third Coast takes a very egalitarian approach, dividing the piece between all four members.

The whole thing is an aural feast. And continued kudos to Çedille for showcasing the musical treasures of Chicago, the great metropolitan gem of our nation’s middle. © 2018 Fanfare Read complete review

Stephanie Boyd
American Record Guide, May 2018

As usual, the performance is perfection personified; rhythms perfectly together and emotional palettes well thought out. © 2018 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, March 2018

Third Coast Percussion here triumphs where perhaps others would do so the lesser. There is a musical opening onto the water from the first, Third Coast’s striking arrangement of Philip Glass’s “Madeira River.” It sets the scene for the “Paddle to the Sea” sequence that cycles like a space-age Javanese Gamelan. It was originally created to act as the score for the film of the same name. It has depth and dramatic breadth too.

Then there is m-buoyant mbira via Musekiwa Chingodza’s vocal-mbira arrangement of the traditional Shona African “Chigwaya.” It is ravishing music. © 2018 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review

David Hurwitz, February 2018

…the performances are amazing, the music of variable quality but never gratuitously difficult or off-putting, and the engineering is perfect. © 2018 Read complete review

Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), February 2018

Third Coast Percussion’s Paddle to the Sea transports listeners into a realm of imaginative sounds and world-premiere recordings evoking the aquatic world. Anchoring the album is the ensemble’s original collaborative composition Paddle to the Sea. The talented foursome conceived it as a live soundtrack to the 1966 film of the same name, based on a classic children’s story. Third Coast found a wellspring of ideas in the other works they’ve included on the album. Jacob Druckman’s Reflections on the Nature of Water revels in textures and timbres unique to the marimba. The ensemble plays its own arrangement of selections from Philip Glass’s 12 Pieces for Ballet—also drawing inspiration from Brazilian group Uakti’s multi-instrumental version, titled Aguas da Amazonia. © 2018 WFMT (Chicago)

Mel Martin
Audiophile Audition, February 2018

The main tracks are from the title tune, conceived as a live soundtrack to the Oscar-nominated 1966 film of the same name, based on a classic children’s story about a Native Canadian boy who carves a wooden figure called Paddle-to-the-Sea and launches him on a solo canoe voyage to the ocean.

It’s a very interesting and emotional work, with each track describing different events from the boy’s journey. At times energetic, at times contemplative, the tracks hang together as a really compelling listening experience.

Other works on the CD are arrangements the Third Cost Percussion group did for music of Philip Glass and Joseph Druckman. I thought the Glass pieces translated especially nicely to pure percussion works. © 2018 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

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