900 Club - QQ All-Star
- Jun 7, 2016
- Lincoln, NE USA
I got my shipping notice from them Monday, but it's the new business model of printing a label and notifying the customer.Just got my shipping notice from the Century Media US store.
It didn't get to the post office until yesterday, with delivery expected Wednesday.
The bonus of ordering from them is I got the link to the mp3 downloads at midnight.
Good news there.
I downloaded Rhapsody In Blue, no brickwalling in the stereo waveform.
Played it in DPL II, impressed with the musicianship.
Jaw hit the floor at 6:50 when Tony Levin dropped in a lick on the Chapman Stick, the opening riff from Elephant Talk.
They released it today on YT.
Interesting context for me, since I just watched parts of the old 1930 King Of Jazz movie on TCM with the most square, whitebread version imaginable from the buffoonish bandleader Paul (Whiter Than White) Whiteman.
But credit to him, he commissioned Gershwin to write it for his orchestra and paid him well.
So now I'll have both the D-V quad Michael Tilson - Gershwin piano roll orchestral and the LTE rock band version in surround.
Found this quote from Leonard Bernstein:
Rhapsody in Blue is not a real composition in the sense that whatever happens in it must seem inevitable, or even pretty inevitable.
You can cut out parts of it without affecting the whole in any way except to make it shorter.
You can remove any of these stuck-together sections and the piece still goes on as bravely as before.
You can even interchange these sections with one another and no harm done.
You can make cuts within a section, or add new cadenzas, or play it with any combination of instruments or on the piano alone; it can be a five-minute piece or a six-minute piece or a twelve-minute piece.
And in fact all these things are being done to it every day.
It's still the Rhapsody in Blue.